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  • The Brier School
    Bromley Lane
    West Midlands
    DY6 8QN
  • Head: Mr D Stanton
  • T 01384 816000
  • F 01384 816001
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • 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: 165
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 4th December 2019
    • 2 Full inspection 1st May 2012

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th September 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

At break we saw the place abuzz with informal sports, youngsters in their bright red polo shirts with balls and bikes, climbing and swinging, or even playfully re-enacting characters and scenes from their favourite stories, supervised by staff and a few carefully chosen older children in a prefect-like role. Classrooms lead directly to soft play and outdoor areas, rich in scooters and raised sandpits, with canopies for wet weather. Some children discreetly slip into the mainstream classes in Bromley Hills Primary or Crestwood School, via walkways within the campus. Floors are carpeted throughout the building and huge photographs of the children engaged in energetic activities smile at you from the walls...

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2019, David Stanton.


All children arrive with an Education, Health Care Plan with MLD, ASD or speech and language as the primary concern. Children are accepted throughout the year, also mid-term. The head shows prospective parents round himself and is alive to their concerns: access to mainstream, speech and language therapy provision and class sizes are issues he has tackled as a consequence.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The Brier School is an all age mixed special school for children with moderate learning difficulties or complex communication difficulties. The school is the largest special school in Dudley LA and the flagship for SEN provision in the authority. Since May 2009 the school has been a National Support School [NCTL] 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. The proximity of two mainstream schools allows integration into mainstream education, where appropriate, for all pupils. Such integration is arranged on an individual basis and following careful negotiation with all parties, including the child.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic Y
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 Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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sometimes, but not in this year

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