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  • Bredon School
    Pull Court
    Bushley
    Tewkesbury
    Gloucestershire
    GL20 6AH
  • Head: Koen Claeys BA GLSE (Belgium)
  • T 01684 293156
  • F 01684 298008
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.bredonschool.org
  • A specialist independent school for pupils aged from 7 to 18, offering support to pupils with specific learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Worcestershire
  • Pupils: 214; 78 boarders; sixth formers: 45
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £11,040 - £21,945; Boarding + £13,200 pa
  • Open days: Each term; see website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Great for the animal lover – the school is set on a full working farm, with livestock including Black Face and Badger Face sheep, Saddleback pigs (including three tiny piglets on our visit), 20 turkeys (seasonal!), rabbits called Lady Gaga, Caramel and Snuggles, and three cats. Pupils in a catering lesson were perfecting stir fries for a BTec assessment, spurred on by a recent demo from a Malaysian chef who cooked for the British Olympic team. Likes to employ teachers who have been in industry...

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What the school says...

A small, family school that genuinely focuses on the individual; ensuring each pupil reaches his or her personal potential and destination by way of a rich and diverse journey, based on breadth of opportunity, support and continuously striving towards excellence.

This vision is to be achieved through the underpinning principles and values of respect, tolerance and hard work within a happy environment where all individuals have equal worth. ...Read more

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Sports

Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since April 2017, Koen Claeys BA GLSE (Belgium), previously senior deputy head at St James Senior Boys’ School in Ashford, Surrey, where he had also been acting head, head of boarding and form tutor. He specialises in German and French but also speaks Dutch, and is an ISI inspector. Married with two young children, he is an enthusiastic marathon runner.

Moving on in July 2019. New head from September will be Nick Oldham, currently deputy principal at West Heath School in Kent. A big advocate of learning outside the classroom, he plans to make good use of the school's farm and forest school, not to mention its rugby pitches (previously a professional rugby player). Married with his own flock comprising both three young children and rare breed sheep.

Academic matters

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Individual and individualised SEN teaching and learning is at the heart of the Bredon School philosophy. Students may have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia. A specialist in EAL and Speech and Language is also available. A range of multi-sensory teaching methods are used including the more traditional approaches and methods such as the Davis Learning Strategy. All students are assessed at the start of their individual programme of work and assessed afterwards, against their targets. Targets are set with the student and parents working together with the teacher to achieve a formative document which is reviewed at least twice a year. Real progress is achieved with students both academically and with self-esteem. ICT is also at the heart of our approach, with voice activated software having a tremendous impact upon standards. We also have a fully qualified teacher who assesses all students for their individual special arrangements for the GCSE and other examination courses. The fully qualified SEN staff together with the teaching staff work alongside each other to ensure the curriculum is differentiated to meet individual needs. The school also runs training programmes on a regular basis for its staff on SEN issues and encourages staff to become fully qualified teachers of specific learning difficulties. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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