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  • Bruern Abbey School
    Chesterton House
    Chesterton
    Bicester
    Oxfordshire
    OX26 1UY
  • Head: Mr J Floyd
  • T 01869 242448
  • F 01869 243949
  • E secretary@bruernabbey.org
  • W www.bruernabbey.org
  • A special independent school for boys aged from 7 to 13 with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 111
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £21,879; Boarding £26,325 pa
  • Review: View the Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Invariably parents stumble into Bruern, battle-weary and beleaguered, 'My child was in a trench, he crawled into Bruern. They didn't just pull him out, they winched him up and propelled him to heights we never thought possible.' Most tell of...

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What the school says...

Bruern's raison d'etre is to prepare boys with identified specific learning difficulties for Common Entrance at 13+ to a range of reputable public schools in England and Scotland. Whilst the curriculum may be delivered in different ways and the use of a laptop is mandatory, Bruern has all the attributes and characteristics of a traditional, preparatory boarding school. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Invariably parents stumble into Bruern, battle-weary and beleaguered, 'My child was in a trench, he crawled into Bruern. They didn't just pull him out, they winched him up and propelled him to heights we never thought possible.' Most tell of at least a few wobbles along the way. Years of embedded frustration won't...

Headmaster

Since 2011, Mr John Floyd MA PGCE (30s). Born in London, grew up in The Ivory Coast, Holland and New York. Eucated at Cothill and Radley, read geography at Edinburgh University. Previously deputy head of Westminster Cathedral Choir School; prior to that, as a graduate of the Teach First programme, he spent an illuminating three years at Crown Woods – an inner London comp. Married to Henrietta, they have two young sons. He enjoys fly-fishing and food – especially 'proper cooking' which he

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Special Education Needs

Bruern Abbey is in so many ways a traditional preparatory school, with its raison d'etre being to prepare boys for Common Entrance to reputable Public Schools. Yet all the boys at Bruern experience some kind of specific learning difficulty, or range of difficulties, to a degree that for confidence to be restored and for academic potential to be fulfilled, they would benefit from small classes, an intensive focus on literacy and numeracy and a genuinely multi-sensory approach to delivering the curriculum, including the use of a personal laptop. Children are taught by trained and experienced 'specialists' in special needs education and by subject teachers who have an on-going, in-service training programme, monitored by the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, that helps them understand the difficulties encountered by the dyslexic or dyspraxic child. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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