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  • Brook Green Centre for Learning
    Bodmin Road
    PL5 4DZ
  • Head: Mrs Sara Jordan
  • T 01752 773875
  • F 01752 775761
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 11 to 16 with moderate learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, and associated behavioural, social and emotional difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Plymouth
  • Pupils: 95
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 9th July 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st July 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

There are several social areas, each with its own reading area. These have replaced the library that was proving to be too formal and ‘scary’. The more relaxed ‘chill-out areas’ have proved to be a big hit with pupils struggling to read. Currently, a number of key stage 4 pupils need help with independent living skills, so the school has adapted their curriculum to cover travel, finance, use of money (going to the shops), decision-making, cooking etc. This is a challenge for the staff, but ‘they have all taken it on board.’  The old library has recently been refurbished and is now a specialist music room, equipped with drums, guitars and keyboards. They even have their own girl band in residence...

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What the school says...

Formerly known as Hillside School.

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Head teacher

Since 2013, Sara Jordan, originally from Porthleven, Cornwall; studied geography and history at the University College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth, then headed back to Cornwall to teach at Penair School, Truro. After 11 years at Ivybridge Community College, she settled at Stoke Damerel Community College for the next 12 years, working as SENCo on the senior leadership team and setting up a provision for young people with autism. It was this experience that led her to taking on the role of headteacher at BGCL.

Married to an ex-Royal Marine, now a watersports instructor and Iron Man; their son has recently flown the nest. His departure to university handily coincided with Sara’s start at BGCL, giving her the chance to fully focus on her new role. Now...

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Special Education Needs

Brook Green Centre for Learning is a community special school providing for pupils from 11 to 16 years who have cognition and learning difficulties with associated behavioural,social and emotional difficulties. All pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHC Plan.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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