Andrew Leak, once a student at Bramfield House wrote to us earlier in the year to tell us about his time at the school, the lessons he learned and the successes in his life on leaving the school.
“I attended Bramfield House between 1983 and 1985. The week I started at Bramfield House, breakfast TV was launched. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and Ronald Reagan President of USA. I was always getting into trouble for the things I used to call those two, and yet in later years, I actually, stood for the Tories in several local elections and played a senior role in the election campaign.
When I was at Bramfield, there used to be a points system. Everybody started the day with 10 points and you had to earn everybody’s vote to gain the attitude point. Anyone who had a weekly score of less than 65 was placed on what was called the SUB. This meant, basically no privileges. A score of 77 was average, and earned you a plate of chips on the Friday night. At the end of term, depending where you were in the points table depended which bedroom you were in. Bedrooms were colour-coded from lilac at the bottom; to cream at the top. I use to run the points system for the staff.
I admit I was a little brat at the time, but soon settled down after six months or so. It was discovered in later years that I had a condition, neurofibromatosis, which is known to cause behavioural problems and learning difficulties. Whether this played a part, we will never know.
There was much talk about whether I had been failed by the system but my life has turned out fine. I have 5 A-Levels, a degree in geology, a well paid job as a Project Manager, and I am hoping to work for the Environment Agency shortly in flood risk engineering.