Bradfield Diploma

The Bradfield Diploma is an exciting programme, which aims to increase the breadth and depth of our co-curricular programme by rewarding individual pupils for their participation and application.

Bradfield Diploma Guide

All pupils in the Shell (Year 10) and Fifth Form (Year 11) pursue the Diploma. The focus of the Diploma is on pupil-led initiatives where pupils take on the additional responsibilities of recording and reflecting on their achievements.

The Diploma enables the pupils to develop many of the other personal attributes that the College feels are important in our pupils’ development.

There are ten key components of the Diploma that each pupil needs to complete:

  1. Academic
  2. Research
  3. Cultural
  4. Physical
  5. Public speaking
  6. Responsibility
  7. Community service/charity
  8. Reading
  9. Current affairs
  10. Outward bound activity

Pupils can accumulate a maximum of 60 credits for the completion of these components, with clearly stated criteria relating to different thresholds of success.

The Diploma, which has the support of national exam board WJEC, culminates in elite awards of Gold, Silver and Bronze, as well as a Pass Diploma.

Example of a completed Bradfield Diploma

Component Example Credit score
Academic Average QG: 4.32 9 credits

To what extent is the human desire to be perfect natural?

4 credits
Cultural 1 Acting in school play: The Danny Crowe Show 5 credits
Cultural 2 Singing lessons to Grade 5 (Merit) 5 credits
Physical 1 Huxham cross-country race 5 credits
Physical 2 Hockey at school level for two terms 4 credits
Public speaking Presentation about the Bradfield Diploma to an audience of Shell parents 5 credits
Responsibility Editor of the House current affairs newsletter 4 credits
Community service/charity Helping at the prep schools cross-country day 5 credits
Reading: Fiction Alex Rider: Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz



5 credits

Reading: Non-fiction The Warrior's Heart by Eric Greitens
Reading: Biography The Author of Himself: The Life of Marcel Reich-Ranicki
Reading: Book 4 The Shepherd by Ethan Cross
Reading: Book 5 The Case-Book of Sherlock by Arthur Conan Doyle
Current affairs   2.5 credits
Outward bound   2.5 credits
Total 56 credits
Diploma award GOLD