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Breckenbrough School, North Yorkshire

School Details
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North Yorkshire,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 1845 587238

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Mr G Brookes

Admissions Manager:
Diane Walker

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
NASS Special Schools
Religious affiliation:
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
9 - 19
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Assessment, Statement of needs, This school only accepts children of citizens of the United Kingdom and the EU, This school is for pupils with autistic spectrum needs (or autistic spectrum PLUS other special education needs), Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, This is a Special School

Scholarships & Bursaries:

None Listed

What we offer

  • ICT
  • Design technology
  • Psychology
  • Photography
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Media/Film studies
  • Engineering
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Electronics
  • Business studies
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Environmental studies
  • French
  • English
  • Water sports
  • Tennis
  • Fitness training
  • Touch rugby
  • Table tennis
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Rock climbing
  • First aid/life savers
  • Canoeing
  • Adventure training
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Rowing
  • Cycling
  • Drama productions
  • Horticulture
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Orienteering
  • Guitar
  • Singing
  • Woodwind
  • Strings
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Organ
  • Particular diets
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Aspergers Syndrome
* Many years experience in educating boys with complex needs.

* A unique special school with a Quaker ethos.

* Educates boys aged 9 to 19 with academic potential.

* Accommodates both day and weekly boarding pupils on a 38 week basis.

* Has expertise and success with boys with Asperger Syndrome and ADHD.

* Has high educational expectations and offers a wide range of GCSEs, vocational programmes and A levels.

* Provides individualised programmes of study.

* Offers a relaxed atmosphere, within a holistic and therapeutic environment.

* Operates an effective ethos of conflict resolution.

* Encourages pupils to understand and take responsibility for their own actions.

* Employs a full-time registered psychologist and counsellor.

* Enjoys and encourages strong partnerships with families.

* Provides post-16 provision for working in partnership with other local providers.

* Operates a unique After Care service to provide contact and support once pupils have left school and in later life.

* The vast majority of boys go on to full-time further education, training and work.

* Has good access from motorway and rail networks.

The school is a non-profit-making charity, whose governors are appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire. The school has a powerful and effective ethos based on Quaker values and conflict resolution.

Housed in a Victorian country house with 10 acres of land in the heart of North Yorkshire, Breckenbrough is located a few miles from Thirsk, close to the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.

Breckenbrough provides a broad curriculum. In Key Stages 2 and 3 pupils follow the framework of the National Curriculum. In Key Stage 4 the majority of pupils take between 5 and 12 GCSEs aiming for Grade C or above. In the sixth form, the school works in partnership with a variety of local providers offering A Levels and vocational courses. Success in the classroom is enhanced by all pupils having the opportunity for additional support according to their interests and needs.

Outdoor Education and PHSE programmes are integral. Life skills are developed and pupils are offered a wide and varied range of activities which provide emotional, physical and social challenge. The physical experiences include motorbike riding and maintenance, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking. Residential trips include the annual ski trip for the upper school, cultural explorations and whole school excursions. Work experience and regular opportunities to integrate in the community are a vital part of our provision.

All boarders have their own rooms to ensure privacy and to provide their own safe space. There are fully fitted kitchens to develop independent living skills.

The music and art rooms are available as both a therapeutic and teaching resource to all boys.

The school has an experienced staff skilled in understanding Asperger's Syndrome and young people suffering from emotional problems. Students are continually encouraged through the powerful ethos of the school where external pressure is reduced and individuality encouraged.
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