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Invariably parents stumble into Bruern, battle-weary and beleaguered, 'My child was in a trench, he crawled into Bruern. They didn't just pull him out, they winched him up and propelled him to heights we never thought possible.' A number of teachers are dyslexic and so get what the boys don't get. A truly unique school; youngsters devour copious helpings of carefully prepared academia, served with generous dustings of laughter, a sprinkle of boyish boisterousness and…

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Bruern's raison d'etre is to prepare boys with identified specific learning difficulties for Common Entrance at 13+ to a range of reputable public schools in England and Scotland. Whilst the curriculum may be delivered in different ways and the use of a laptop is mandatory, Bruern has all the attributes and characteristics of a traditional, preparatory boarding school. ...Read more

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Since 2011, Mr John Floyd MA PGCE (30s). Born in London, grew up in The Ivory Coast, Holland and New York. Eucated at Cothill and Radley, read geography at Edinburgh University. Previously deputy head of Westminster Cathedral Choir School; prior to that, as a graduate of the Teach First programme, he spent an illuminating three years at Crown Woods – an inner London comp. Married to Henrietta, they have two young sons. He enjoys fly-fishing and food – especially 'proper cooking' which he learned during a gap year in the South of France. Still occasionally runs 'silly distances', the length of Hadrian's Wall just one of many.

A large, ultra-ordered, exceptionally tidy desk dominates one corner of his study, a touch of the OCDs we mused but the reality is...

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Special Education Needs

Bruern Abbey is in so many ways a traditional preparatory school, with its raison d'etre being to prepare boys for Common Entrance to reputable Public Schools. Yet all the boys at Bruern experience some kind of specific learning difficulty, or range of difficulties, to a degree that for confidence to be restored and for academic potential to be fulfilled, they would benefit from small classes, an intensive focus on literacy and numeracy and a genuinely multi-sensory approach to delivering the curriculum, including the use of a personal laptop. Children are taught by trained and experienced 'specialists' in special needs education and by subject teachers who have an on-going, in-service training programme, monitored by the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, that helps them understand the difficulties encountered by the dyslexic or dyspraxic child. Nov 09.

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