Brockwood's staff members have come to the School because they recognise in Krishnamurti's teaching a unique clarity about the value of life and education. Out of these teachings have come the intentions for the School and the curriculum we have designed. The curriculum is also based on a conversation with students to discover their individual and particular needs, talents and interests, and to discuss what it is they would like to do with their lives. From all this, an individualised programme is produced at the start of the year, and new courses may be created to cater to specific needs.
This approach fosters an understanding of the process of learning and of the challenges and opportunities of our daily lives; the acquisition of knowledge therefore does not become an end in itself, but is seen as part of this process.
With guidance, students aged 14 and 15 construct a programme which is broad, flexible and challenging, giving due attention to traditional disciplines, while also allowing exposure to activities and learning that they might not otherwise be drawn to. Students do not take examinations at this stage. From around the age of 16, students are given more freedom to determine their own courses. By this time they have usually reached some understanding of their own interests and strengths and have begun to focus on these. This may result in taking examinations, or they may prefer a course of independent study, designing their own projects with the help of a tutor.