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Exams 'are not our main thrust', says school, with understatement, 'but are seen in perspective alongside things like yoga, working in the garden, and care of rooms' (all compulsory). No fixed academic timetables into which pupils must slot - each programme is created afresh for each child with plenty of scope to concentrate on a single passion. An 18-year-old musician we met had secured two free days a week to spend on intensive piano work. Another had dropped all academic subjects to study only art, yoga and pottery...

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What the school says...

Brockwood Park is an international residential school. With 73 students from around the world, the school has the feel of a large multicultural family, classes have on average 7 students who will gain both a good academic education & one that nurtures in them human qualities such as affection, self-knowledge, creativity, integrity and co-operation.

The School encourages enquiry about all aspects of life. Situated on a large country estate with an active environmental programme and vegetarian diet, staff & students live, study, work, play and inquire together in a co-operative atmosphere.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Since 2013, Dr Gopal Krishnamurthy and since September 2015, Mr Antonio Autor. Dr Gopal has spent most of his life, since the age of 4, as a student and teacher at Krishnamurti's schools in India, the UK and the USA. He was a student, mature student and staff member at Brockwood and teaches physics and maths as well as being co-principal. He has a PhD in education, MAs in education and philosophy and a BA in physics.

Antonio Autor has a degree from the Bilbao School of Business Studies and was a professional footballer for nearly 10 years. After that, he studied English in Cardiff, Brighton and London, and joined Brockwood Park in 1987. He has been head gardener here, sports organiser, pastoral coordinator, business studies teacher and adult study...

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Special Education Needs

Brockwood Park fosters an education which encourages academic excellence, self-understanding, creativity and integrity in a safe, non-competitive environment. In consonance with its intentions, and in creating a non-judgemental atmosphere, the school views labelling children as SEN to be problematic and limiting. Moreover, the school’s holistic educational approach and highly individualised educational programme addresses, as a matter of course, the different special needs of all students. The current curriculum provides a diverse and multi-sensory approach that caters for all students’ individual learning needs. Teaching and learning are conducted in small groups wherein the teacher-student ratio allows individualised teaching and instruction. Extensive support for every student’s individual needs is also provided by one-to-one support and supervision by the student’s academic adviser. All students are given personal time and individual support to reflect on their learning (through learning journals) and encouraged to probe into aspects of their learning that they may find challenging. In cases where the school environment and resources do not meet a pupil's learning needs, the student’s needs are reviewed in the teachers’ meeting and additional learning support is provided by the teachers and academic advisers of the student. The school also provides highly individualised pastoral care and support for the special educational needs of all students. Every student has a tutor. Students and tutors meet on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis to discuss day-to-day issues related to the extra-curricular education, wellbeing and learning of the students. We also seek to provide special attention and learning support for students with a statement/EHCP that is consonant with the aims of this, in collaboration with experts from our own staff or from other schools and local authorities, and with direct reference to the DfES SEN code of practice.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
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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