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Founded in 1845 by William Aldwin Soames, who collected a group of like-minded local citizens to join him in the task, Brighton College was the first independent school to be founded in Sussex, England.


The school occupies a significant niche in the development of English secondary education during the nineteenth century: it helped to promote the use of individual classrooms for teaching small groups and was an early pioneer in teaching both modern languages and science, later erecting the first purpose-built science laboratory. It is also credited with inventing the school magazine and setting up the first school gymnasium. Continuing the tradition of innovation, more recently Brighton was the first independent school to introduce compulsory Mandarin from the age of 13 and the first public school in the UK to sign a deal with the Chinese government to encourage the teaching of Mandarin and Chinese culture.