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  • Breckenbrough School
    Sand Hutton
    North Yorkshire
    YO7 4EN
  • Head: Simon Bannister
  • T 01845 587238
  • F 01845 587385
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  • A special independent school for boys aged from 9 to 17 with learning and behavioural difficulties, including Asperger’s, autism spectrum disorder and ADHD; pupils have at least average ability
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 55; 15 boarders
  • Religion: Quaker
  • Open days: Please contact Breckenbrough
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 2
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 19th April 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 20th November 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st March 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Friendships cross age ranges, probably much more than in mainstream schools, and there is plenty of wit, charm and intellect in evidence here, all of which is welcomed and valued. Pupils appear focussed and busy, staff ever watchful, yet balancing that with allowing pupils to work and learn independently as far as possible. Parents talk about their children being ‘fundamentally the same, yet profoundly changed’ by their experiences at the school. ‘Thank you for getting my son back for me,’ said one parent. They are big on…

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What the school says...

Breckenbrough provides a therapeutic environment where boys who cannot thrive in mainstream can achieve academically and socially.
The school works successfully with boys with Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, ODD and other conditions.
All boys come to Breckenbrough with an Education, Health and Care Plan which states that we can meet their needs. Most boys leave the school to go onto further or higher education or into training or employment.
Boys are supported by well-qualified and enthusiastic staff who learn to understand them. The school has a full-time registered psychologist.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Simon Bannister BA PGCE Dip (SEN), formerly deputy head. Originally qualifying in 1999 as a secondary school teacher with specialisms in PE and geography, Simon has worked with SEND learners since 2001. An avid interest in autistic spectrum condition and other complex needs forged a career path working with SEND adults in further education, completion of a postgraduate diploma in SEN in 2004 and a return to mainstream secondary school in 2008. As head of work related learning within a large school in the centre of York, this role focused on supporting and nurturing vulnerable members of the cohort, who were unable to access the full curriculum. However, a passion for working within SEND led to him taking on the role of assistant headteacher, tasked with starting a new post-16 provision, in...

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Special Education Needs

Breckenbrough School is a residential boarding school, for 40 pupils aged 9-17 who exhibit emotional and behavioural difficulties and high academic potential. All of our pupils have repeatedly struggled with the structure and ethos of mainstream education where their eccentricities and needs have never been adequately met. Our pupils have in effect learning differences that deserve the opportunity to be developed. We have developed expertise and success with boys diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, ADD and dyslexia in recent years. The ethos reflects the philosophy of the Society of Friends. Central to the ethos is the belief in the innate good of everyone. We give our pupils the time and space to be themselves in a clear, non-confrontational, flexible structure. Where there are problems we encourage honesty in addressing them in order to move forward.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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