Breckenbrough School - Thirsk

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Breckenbrough provides a nurturing and therapeutic learning environment.  It enables boys from the age of 9 to 19  to successfully access a curriculum that meets their needs and interests.  Breckenbrough is particularly successful with students who are diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, but also works effectively with others who want to learn but who have found it difficult to do so in mainstream provision.

Breckenbrough is housed in a modernised early 20th century country house with 10 acres of grounds in beautiful North Yorkshire.  It has good access by road and is close to the mainline stations of Thirsk and Northallerton.

We make provision for day students and weekly boarders.  All placements are for 38 weeks.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Diane Walker
Contact Position
Admissions Manager
01845 587238 01845 587238
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Where to go

Breckenbrough School
Breckenbrough Hall
North Yorkshire
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Professsionals should contact the Bursar, Sue Jones, for details of costs


Age Ranges
9 - 19 years
Referral required
Referral Details

All boys come to Breckenbrough with an Education, Health and Care Plan which states that Breckenbrough can meet their needs.

Local Offer


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Contact Name
Diane Walker
Contact Telephone
01845 587238
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
11 -16 Years
16 -19 Years
SEN Provision Type

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

All students who come to Breckenbrough have been identified as needing additional support and have an Education Health and Care plan.

We maintain regular contact with parents, carers and the local authority.

We are especially successful with students who are diagnosed with Asperger's Syndromw. We also work effectively with boys who have found it difficult in mainstream settings.

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Each pupil has their own mentor and key worker.

Learning is individually tailored to the needs of each boy and class sizes are kept small.

School governors are appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire. Governors visit each school department each term.

On leaving, many students successfully progress onto university, further education or the world of work.

Ofsted has rated Breckenbrough as outstanding.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Each lesson is planned with consolidation and differentiation included.

Boys experience a sense of achievement in each lesson.

Pupils experience success in learning.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

Staff discuss progress with parents and carers when they require it.

Small class sizes mean that all staff know each student well.

Clear targets are set for each pupil and the national curriculum is followed.

Staff phone and talk with carers/parents on a regular basis.

We work in collaboration with parents/carers so that good support can be offered outside the school day.

Termly reports are issued and face to face meetings take place regularly.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

Day boys have a personal mentor. Each boy is able to choose theperson with whom they work best.

Medicines are given by staff following best practice.

Each boy's needs are carefully monitored, Exclusions are rare and Ofsted commented that attendance is above average.

Concerns can be raised with any member of staff and comments are taken seriously.

Good, trusting relationships are developed in school so that everyone knows they will be listened to.

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

All staff have specialist training in the conditions that boys present with. Training is regularly updated.

Breckenbrough has a full time registered psychologist.

Other services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and music can be provided as required.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

All staff support young people with SEND and have appropriate, up-to-date training.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Outdoor education is a major part of our work with boys. Our aim is to include all the boys in all the activities we undertake. One to one support is provided when necessary, especially to build confidence in the early stages.

Parents and carers are fully invovled in planning the range of activities and trips.

Field trips give opportunities to develop social skills and emotional maturity.

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

The school is a modernised Edwardian country house. All classrooms are wheelchair accessible but currently there is limited wheelchair access to boarding facilities.

All staff are alert to the auditory and visual environment and update facilities when required.

The staff buys in appropriate support if the is a need to communicate with parents/carers for whom English is not their first language.

There is plenty of equipment to support young people with SEN and part of the budget is designated for updating such equipment.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

Breckenbrough has a thorough, phased assessment through which each boy proceeds before placement is offered. Exact details of the assessment depend on whether the boy will be a boarding or day pupil.

Trainsition plans are developed and school employs its own, qualified careers officer who plays an important role in these.

Comprehensive information is provided to each boy's new setting to ensure success in the next stage of his development.

Staff are designated to support the next stage of each boy's life. 'Beyond Brecknbrough' tracks and supports students from when they leave school until they are 25. Our Aftercare charity is availableto students for as long as necessary.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

Breckenbrough is a non-profit-making charity and, with the exception of modest governance costs, all money received for each boy is spent on them each year.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

The needs of each person is assessed based on the information that arrives with them, supported by the professional input of our psychologist and other staff. Support is allocated depending on need.

Information from parents/carers is a vital part of this process.

Discussion with parents/carers is an ongoing process.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

Very regular contact with parents/carers is a key part of our work with each young person. We value input from parents/carers who often have the best knowledge about what works with their boy.

Page last reviewed: 24/08/2020


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