Aurora Brambles School is an independent day school in Lancashire providing specialist education for boys with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH).
About our School
“Welcome to Aurora Brambles School. My name’s Dan Creed and I’m the Head Teacher here.
For many students who come here they may have felt rejection and misunderstanding in previous placements. So, it is mine and my team’s aim to never give up on any one who comes to us at Brambles School. We strive to give every student the confidence and opportunities to achieve their full potential. The staff team here are experts in their fields and work tirelessly to ensure we continue to provide the highest quality of education.
I am always happy to show you and your child around the school at any time, so please do not hesitate to contact reception to make an appointment or email the school directly to learn more about our school.”
Head Teacher - Aurora Brambles School
We are a skilled and experienced team who can support boys with a variety of difficulties. Their learning may have been impacted by challenging behaviours, low self-esteem or difficulty with relationships which may have caused them to miss large chunks of their education. These difficulties could be a result of one of the following issues:
Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
Autistic Spectrum Disorder/ Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
Moderate Learning difficulties (MLD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Age: 9-16 years
High levels of support: all students are provided with enhanced support throughout the school day and provision can be made for those requiring higher levels of support, either full time or periodically, to enable students to access the curriculum and participate in school activities.
Placements: education is delivered for 38 weeks of the year. 190 days per year.
At Aurora Brambles School, we focus on:
Providing personalised specialist education – where students can learn and express themselves in a nurturing and safe environment that understands their needs and supports them to fulfil their potential
Supporting students to be part of an enriched school and community life
Preparing students for life beyond school – developing their abilities and achieving their own unique level of independence as they approach adulthood.
Brambles School is located just outside of the small town of Leyland in Lancashire. The school is housed in a converted farm building with a modern purpose built building adjoining it. In September 2017, we opened a new teaching block which further extended the learning environment, increasing the number of young people we can support to 80.
Within the main school building we have a variety of learning space, including ICT suites, science and art rooms. There is also an assembly room which we use for breakfast club, morning assembly, break time snacks and where students sit and eat together with staff during lunchtimes.
In the school grounds, we have a hard-court area which students make use of at breaks for football and other activities. There is also a garden area where the students can sit and relax in during breaks when the weather is nicer. Around the school buildings there are a small number of horticultural areas that students tend to as part of their learning.
For other sporting and outdoor activities, we make use of the local leisure facilities.
The School Day
The school day runs from 9.00a.m. to 3.00p.m. Monday to Thursday; with a 2.30p.m. finish each Friday.
Students are collected from home by their Key Workers and dropped back home at the end of the day. We find this supports higher levels of attendance, effective safeguarding, strong relationships and allows students regular access to a non-teaching member of staff if they need to talk to someone. It also allows for parents or carers to have daily contact with the school staff.
The timetable is designed to ensure maximum engagement in the core subjects of English, Maths, Computing and Science in addition to students accessing the Foundation subjects. There are opportunities for students in Years 10 and 11 to have time in the school week to “specialise” and choose to put extra time and energy into subjects they favour as well as meeting the statutory lesson allocation. For those who require additional support with reading and writing, we are able to adjust their timetable to support them in the areas where it is required the most.
Students have access to a varied Outdoor and Social Education programme, which includes a range of confidence building and exciting activities. We find these activities have a positive impact on student’s confidence, self-esteem and social skills.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which comprises the National Curriculum with a rich and varied programme of learning to help support the social and emotional development of our students.
We ensure that all students can access accredited courses suitable for their individual needs and offer GCSEs in Maths, English, Science and ICT. Additional courses include PSHE, Geography, PE, Modern Foreign Language, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education.
We offer accredited Vocational based training (BTEC or equivalent Level 1 and 2) in:
Land based management
All of our classes are of mixed abilities based on careful selection based on attainment and prior performance and baseline assessments conducted in the first term. We also consider social issues to ensure students are grouped appropriately. All lessons have both teacher and key workers to support and facilitate learning.
Assessments continue throughout the year to better inform the teaching staff on learning styles and enable them to adapt their teaching to meet the preferred learning style of each individual. CAT tests also take place on entry; these not only provide teachers with valuable teaching and learning strategies for each individual pupil they also give staff an indication of likely grades at the end of Key Stage 4. This data is used to inform planning for our pupils.
Students can sit GCSEs subjects using the AQA and Edexcel examination boards, as well as BTEC qualifications. Functional skills are taught in the core subjects and across the curriculum.
If required students can access additional support to develop and improve their curriculum based skills. This support is delivered in 1 to 1 sessions that last between 20 and 45 minutes and focus on small achievable targets that can be applied back in the classroom. The focus is on developing and improving literacy and numeracy, as well as subject knowledge in science, in a way that will enable students to more readily access the curriculum.
Some students may follow a bespoke learning pathway taking into account engagement, attainment and behavioural barriers to learning.
We are aware that every student is unique, each with their own learning style and that they respond best when their preferred learning styles are taken into account. Our experienced teachers therefore look to adapt teaching and ensure that programmes of learning are personalised wherever possible. These techniques to engage students could involve adapting lessons to be more visual, auditory or kinaesthetic to ensure that all needs are met. We will also ensure that lessons have the appropriate levels of pace so that students are engaged and able to develop and achieve their full potential.
We will also ensure that lessons have the appropriate levels of pace so that students are engaged and able to develop and achieve their full potential.
Outcomes and Qualifications
Regardless of the level of a student’s starting point, including levels of attainment when he arrives at Aurora Brambles School, we support them to reach their full potential by maximising opportunities to gain a portfolio of appropriate qualifications. This is essential for all students at our school.
All Year 11 students have achieved a range of qualifications including GCSEs.
Our school encourages the early completion of Functional skills and Entry Level qualifications from the start of Year 9 to allow a greater portfolio of qualifications to be built up prior to GCSE examinations in Year 11.
We have well established termly attainment assessment from entry into the school through to the end of Key Stage 4, which tracks and monitors progress in all key areas, including spelling and reading age.
Effective assessment and tracking systems are in place to enable accurate end of Key Stage 4 predictions.
Evidence of progress/performance of students for the previous academic year is available from the school upon request.
How to Find Us
Address: Aurora Brambles School, 159 Longmeanygate, Leyland, PR26 7TB
Tel: 01772 454 826
Headteacher: Dan Creed
Proprietor/Governing Board: Stephen Bradshaw
The Aurora Group, Manor Farm Offices, Corsley, Wiltshire, BA12 7QE
Tel: 020 3617 0170
Policies and Information
Admissions Policy - Click here to view
Anti-Bullying Policy - Click here to view
Behaviour Management Policy - click here to view
Compliments and Complaints Policy* - Click here to view
*the number of formal complaints are available upon request