Head of school carole beedham welcoming parents and children to nursery, prep and senior school
Carole Beedham, Head of School at Brookes Cambridge

A Welcome From Our Head of School

I am often asked why my school is different to others? My answer is always the same – the children. Of course, all schools have children, but Brookes Cambridge children are nurtured and loved within a unique family environment which allows them to develop in their own special way.

The Montessori ethos underpins all that we do, so we follow the child, supporting every step and guiding them so that they achieve their full potential and become a member of society who stands out from the crowd. Brookes Cambridge children have the courage to be themselves. I do hope you enjoy discovering more about our school, our ethos and philosophy.

Come and meet our Brookes Cambridge children, see our beautiful setting and experience the family atmosphere that makes us so unique. I would be delighted to show you around.

Please contact our Admissions team to obtain more information.


Carole Beedham
Head of School


Brookes Cambridge is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged from two to 18 years old. We are based in Risby, just outside of the historic town of Bury St Edmunds. We are one of seven dynamic schools that are part of the Brookes Education Group, a global network of IB world schools.

Our Campus

Our campus is set seven acres, framed in beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk countryside. It is ideally located near the innovative Cambridge Technology and Science Park, as well as the famous horse racing town of Newmarket and historic Bury St Edmunds.

We provide a unique family environment intertwined with our distinctive, ethos-infused, child-centred approach to teaching and learning that enables every child to realise their potential.

We want children to be happy in school and to thrive in our care. As part of our family, each child is recognised as an individual with unique needs. We also provide genuine support and guidance to both child and family alike.

Throughout their educational journey, our children develop not only academically but also as global citizens, nurturing a sense of world vision and becoming a member of society who truly stands out from the crowd.

Our Pioneering Approach

We’re a pioneering school that places the child at the heart of all we do. Through our unique ethos, which starts in our Montessori-accredited nursery, we inspire a love of learning through creativity and imagination. The combination of small class sizes and innovative teachers provides the catalyst for students to flourish and unlock their natural talents.

During lessons we not only use imaginative activities to spark children’s inspiration but also explore links between different disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter. We develop and enhance these connections through bespoke learning programmes that break down the artificial barriers that can exist between individual subjects.

Each programme is multidimensional; not only do we use a kaleidoscope of subjects to bring learning to life, we venture beyond the classroom, be it excursions, performances, leading assemblies or meeting keynote speakers.

Internationalism is also part of our DNA and informs all subjects across our curriculum. It’s a principle that provides children with a broader understanding of today’s world. We nurture this global awareness not only through our teaching but also our family of schools that span the continents.