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  • Breckenbrough School
    Sand Hutton
    North Yorkshire
    YO7 4EN
  • Head: Mr Geoffrey Brookes
  • 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: 49
  • 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 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 20th November 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st March 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘More than a school’ is the tag line of this school where 80 years of wisdom and radical experiment continue to change the lives of boys on a daily basis. In the words of a visiting Guardian journalist: 'A trail bike putters into life on a raw North Yorkshire morning, then the engine roars and a teenager wobbles off down a mud track, manages a corner and settles in to control. "There’s a lad who started off this morning with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder," says a member of staff who formerly raced in the Isle of Man TT, "but he hasn’t got it now, and he won’t have for the next 20 minutes..."

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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 2008, Mr Geoff Brookes, previously at The Mount School in York, before that deputy head at Easingwold School; has two grown-up children. A real enthusiast, he is warm, friendly and welcoming and more than happy to share his views on education and working with young people in general. Very hands-on, closely involved with pupils and parents, communication is his thing and he’s a great advocate for the Quaker ethos of ‘seeing the good in everyone’. Very relaxed with the ruling here on the use of first names between pupils and staff; it’s vital, he says ‘to respect the person not the title’ - can’t argue with that. Out of school this apparently gentle man plays in a rock duo around the pubs of York and is a bit of a Francophile too, escaping...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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