The Path to Progress


Brearley School’s Wonderful World of Growth and Nourishment

The past months at Brearley Hall School have been teeming with new life and vibrant developments. From the revamped pathways to the flourishing gardens, the school’s ecosystem has seen a transformation.

Gone are the days of soaked shoes and the irksome challenge of navigating through muddy terrain. Brearley Hall School’s latest addition, the newly laid paths, marks a significant step forward in providing a safe and accessible environment for the school’s community. What might seem like a mere logistical update is, in truth, a testament to the institution’s unwavering dedication to student well-being and to fostering an environment where growth, in all its forms, can flourish.

The summer months bring an air of excitement as the school grounds undergo further expansion and refinement. This continuous development is a living demonstration of the school’s ethos—that the learning process is not confined to the four walls of a classroom but is abundant in the natural world, with its many textures, seasons, and life cycles. The gardens and kitchen have become an extension of the curriculum, providing hands-on experiences that deepen understanding and appreciation of food, sustainability, and the environment.

The season began with a blooming display of daffodils and tulips, a colourful prelude to the lively forget-me-nots and the impending parade of peonies set to enchant the grounds. The harvest is about more than sustenance; it’s an opportunity for students to actively participate in cultivating and collecting the school’s bounties. With careful tending, students witness the transformation of tiny seeds into robust plants, a parallel to their own growth under Brearley’s nurturing care.

Under the watchful guidance of groundskeeper Zandra, students participate in the full cycle of food production, from sowing seeds to reaping the rewards in the kitchen. The array of fruits, vegetables, and flowers being grown is not just a diverse landscape but a symbiotic garden with the mission to educate and provide. Students witness first-hand where their food comes from, gaining an invaluable connection to their sustenance and the land that provides it. The colourful bloom of daffodils, tulips, and forget-me-nots graced the school this spring, a prelude to the forthcoming spectacle of peonies and the quiet strength of bluebells.

Chard overwintered in the Polytunnel has been the recent harvest, with the school’s youngsters lending a hand in the reaping process. The Poly Tunnel offers year-round cultivation and educational opportunities, and the cycle of planting, nurturing, harvesting, and replanting serves as a tangible lesson in sustainability and the cyclical nature of agriculture.


From garden to table we move on to Joel, the school’s culinary expert, who eagerly awaits the bounty of the garden. The young harvesters’ days are spent in anticipation, for the fruits and vegetables that they cultivate will find their way to Brearley Hall kitchen and their hard work and cooperation turned into delicious meals such as wild garlic gnocchi!

With the arrival of warmer days, seedlings that were mere specks of potential are now ready for the earth. Peas, pumpkins, runner beans, radishes, and a host of other crops await their turn to contribute to the school’s kitchen and learning programs. The breadth and variety of these growths are a testament to the school’s dedication to not just quantity but also quality and diversity. This summer promises more delightful transformations in the already evolving gardens and kitchen. The ground is not the only thing under continuous development; so is the curriculum and approach to environmental education!

We look forward to bringing you more information and photos next term!

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