Brentwoodian 2022

When the opportunity arose to suggest some new House names for the School, I decided it would be fitting to continue with the geographical nature of the existing Houses. Hampden Wood: a little oasis of greenery situated amongst local residential properties. Merrymeade Forest: an area which has a recorded history stretching back to 1837, when the fields at Merrymeade Country Park were recorded as being used as pasture. Thorndon Country Park: a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an ancient deer park that dates to the 15th century; parts of the park were redesigned by Capability Brown in the 18th century and, of course, with its 21st century Gruffalo Trail, this park has something for everyone. Not only did my proposed names of Hampden, Merrymeade and Thorndon continue the existing geographical theme, I felt green spaces are known to help increase psychological relaxation, reduce stress levels, help promote mental and physical health, they promote a sense of community and social connectedness, they reduce exposure to air pollutants and noise and the risk of flooding and obviously, they are host to a broad variety of wildlife. I felt the names of these beautiful areas encapsulated a positive message; one which was worthy of living on for many years to come in the form of House names for Brentwood School.” “ - Natalie Overton, mother of Thomas in Year 8 189