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  • Bredon School
    Pull Court
    GL20 6AH
  • Head: Mr Nick Oldham
  • T 01684 293156
  • F 01684 298008
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A dyslexia friendly independent day and boarding school for pupils aged 7 to 18 years
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Worcestershire
  • Pupils: 234 (30 per cent girls); sixth formers: 45
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £12,000 - £23,850; Boarding + £14,355 pa
  • Open days: Each term; see website. None planned for Michaelmas 2021.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Bredon stands out for its support for children with dyslexia although it also caters for non-dyslexic pupils, with over half the pupils taking up to eight GCSEs. School stands out for DT, agricultural options and catering options, all of which are timetabled. The school is set on a full working farm, with pupils learning animal and crop husbandry, horticulture, livestock production and animal welfare, and workshop-based skills such as welding, and vehicle and machinery maintenance. Lots of rare breeds. Pupils prepare the animals to…

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What the school says...

Bredon School is a dyslexia friendly independent boarding and day school for children aged 7 to 18 years old, situated in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

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.
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Unusual sports

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



What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since September 2019, Nick Oldham. Previously deputy principal of West Heath School in Sevenoaks, an independent special school founded by Al-Fayed. Grew up on a farm in East Sussex, boarding from age 7, first at Holmwood House, then Eastbourne College. BA QTS in PE from Southampton, after which he toyed with the idea of the military or professional rugby (he played for England) but settled on teaching PE and sports science at Trinity, which ‘I loved’. Six years later he moved to the Skinners’ School, where his eight-year stint saw him promoted to director of sport, then made ‘management move’ to West Heath School, based in the premises of Princess Diana’s old school, again staying for eight years. Feels his current role completes the circle by drawing on all these experiences though makes...

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Special Education Needs

Individual and individualised dyslexia-friendly teaching and learning is at the heart of the Bredon School philosophy. Bredon provides learning support for pupils across a range of formats from targeted small group and 1:1 sessions, to in-class assistance. With highly qualified and experienced staff the aim is to ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential regardless of any difficulties they may face. Teaching staff, together with the dedicated Learning Support team, are able to help pupils with dyslexia and dyscalculia across the ability range. The School strongly believes that all pupils should engage in a full curriculum however, pupils with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia may withdraw from non-core subjects enabling them to focus on identified areas of difficulty such as reading, writing and maths. Study skills and revision techniques are also focused upon as pupils approach examination periods. ICT is also at the heart of Bredon’s approach, with a Google Chromebook for every child, with voice-activated software having a tremendous impact upon standards. In addition to Specific Learning Sessions (SLS), Bredon School can also provide expertise from a fully qualified Speech and Language team and Occupational Therapy. Bredon School operates a school-wide commitment that all pupils are taught in a dyslexia friendly format, using a variety of multi-sensory techniques, further supported by assistive technology wherever possible. Pupils are supported in such a manner that they are equipped with strategies, procedures and the confidence to work as independently as possible within the classroom. All teaching staff hold, or are working towards an accredited British Dyslexia Association qualification. SEN qualified specialist teachers are always on hand to ensure a seamless relationship between themselves and the subject teachers. The Learning Support Department occupies Garden Cottage which is located at the heart of the School. A well-resourced facility with computers, books, games and activities for the support of those with specific learning difficulties. Staff within Garden Cottage offer an open-door policy so that staff and pupils may drop in at any time.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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