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  • The Brier School
    Bromley Lane
    West Midlands
    DY6 8QN
  • Head: Mr R Hinton
  • T 01384 816000
  • F 01384 816001
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 4 to 16 with moderate learning difficulties; complex communication needs; autism spectrum disorder, Downs; global delay; cerebral palsy; brain injury; hearing and visual impairment
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Dudley
  • Pupils: 150
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 2nd May 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th September 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The architecture is modern, the look is clean and spacious and the welcome is warm. There is parking for the many school buses pulling up each morning and a system to usher the passengers through the glass doors to the wide hallway. One parent grumbled that…

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What the school says...

The Brier is a successful, happy school where pupils enjoy their lessons and all the activities available to them. Staff believe that learning does not solely take place in the classroom and as such plan many visits and experiences that will enhance lessons and work. Likewise resources are renewed regularly and facilities for the children are excellent.
The breadth of SEN is large and staff work hard to improve their expertise and skills in order that the pupils' needs can be met. Staff are conscious that parents and carers have a vital role to play in this and endeavour to include them in their child's education and progress.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Basic Communication Skills at an English Comprehensive School (Functional Skill at Entry Level)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2005, Mr Russell Hinton BA (joint hons languages) PGCE MA NPQH. Started as a language teacher, increasingly involved with SEN resource base at a mainstream secondary school. Had a spell in business, as an export manager, which toughened him up for subsequent role as head. Appointed an Ofsted Inspector in 2008 and leader in education the following year. Although originally a Brummie, he is married to a native of the Black Country, who teaches in mainstream, with two children, one of whom is keen to follow into a career in education. Softly spoken with attention to detail, he has a specific knowledge of his students and their needs, and matches this up with precision on colour coded charts to timetables on his office wall. Frank and honest, we got the impression nothing escapes...

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Special Education Needs

The Brier School is an all age mixed special school that aims to serve children with moderate learning difficulties or complex communication difficulties. The school is the largest special school in Dudley LEA and the flagship for SEN provision in the authority. Since May 2009 the school has been a National Support School [NCSL] owing to its outstanding Ofsted report in 2008. It is located on Campus 21, a site that also houses a mainstream primary school and a mainstream secondary. As the proximity of two mainstream schools is a key factor in the culture of the school, integration into mainstream education is an option, where appropriate, open to all pupils. Such integration is arranged on an individual basis and following careful negotiation with all parties, including the child. The building itself was completed in February 2004 and thus offers state of the art provision. Dec 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
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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