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Brockwood Park School

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The only common courses here are inquiry time and human ecology. At inquiry time, the school meets to discuss the way we live our lives - ‘[my son] seems to find it valuable for sorting issues out’. Students said they felt listened to: ‘space to speak,’ said one. Games are played for the pleasure of the movement, for the beauty of the shot, with ‘heart [and] everything in the game’, but not for the winning...

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What the school says...

Brockwood Park is an international residential school. With up to 75 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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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Principal

Since 2015, Antonio Autor. Principal by name only: there is no hierarchy here; everyone has a voice and is heard, and everyone has the same salary, from cleaner to principal.

Antonio has the still presence of a mountain or deep water. Here is someone who seems remarkably free of ego or any sort of push; and yet, astonishingly, he had a previous life as a professional footballer. He has a BA in business and has studied English at Cardiff, Brighton and London. He joined Brockwood Park in 1987, and his jobs have ranged from gardener to teacher.

Students: ‘love’ him; ‘above everything, you can go to [him] if out of control’; ‘[I’m] really comfortable talking to him - normal conversation without having to fake adult and know everything.’<br...

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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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
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
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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