Aurora Brambles School is one of three independent day schools across Lancashire providing specialist education for boys with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH).
About our School:
"I am delighted to welcome you to Aurora Brambles School. My name's Dan Creed and I'm the Head Teacher here at Brambles School.
We strive to give every student the confidence and opportunities to achieve their full potential, regardless of the challenges they may have faced in the past. The team here are experts in their fields and work tirelessly to ensure we continue to provide the highest quality of education for every student we support.
I am always happy to show you and your family around our school at any time, so you can get a feel for the environment and a sense of the atmosphere here, so please do not hesitate to contact reception to arrange a visit."
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: 11-16 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 maximise their full 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. We have a variety of learning spaces, including ICT suites, Science and Art rooms.
We have a large assembly room which we use for morning assembly 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.
In September 2017, we are set to open a brand-new school building on the grounds which will further extend the learning environment.
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:
There are three classes of 7 students within Key Stage 3, and four classes in Key Stage 4. In addition to the National Curriculum in core and foundation subjects, BTEC level 1 vocational courses are also offered in construction, motor mechanics, horticulture and sports studies. Alongside these vocational courses the students all follow courses in personal and social development.
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.
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 GSCEs.
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.
How to Find Us:
Aurora Brambles School
Tel: 01772 454 826
School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Teacher: Dan Creed
Policies and Information:
Safeguarding Policy - Click here to view or download
Admissions Policy - Click here to view or download
Compliments and Complaints Policy - Click here to view or download
Anti Bully Policy - Click here to view or download
Curriculum Policy - Click here to view or download
Introduction to Brambles School - Click here to view or download