Brambles School unveils new £800k teaching block and receives Outstanding Ofsted rating

Aurora Brambles School, six miles south of Preston, offers support to boys with a variety of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) challenges.

The new development will mean an extra six classrooms for pupils at the school which was rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted this September. Ofsted were quoted as saying “Pupils joining the school often have gaps in their learning because of their behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. Once they settle into its caring and nurturing environment, they re-engage with learning and make excellent progress."

Following the opening of the new classroom block the school will cater for 80 pupils between the ages of 9 and 16 for 38 weeks of the year.

New teaching block - Aurora Brambles School

New teaching block - Aurora Brambles School

Headteacher Dan Creed said the new buildings would be a major boost to the school.

He said: “The new classrooms will allow us to support even more young boys with complex communications difficulties.

“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 anyone who comes to us at Brambles School.

Dan Creed - Brambles School Headteacher

Dan Creed - Brambles School Headteacher

“I’m delighted that we will now be able to reach out to even more youngsters who can turn their lives around with the right support in the right environment.”

The school provides 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.

All students can access accredited courses suitable for their individual needs and sit GCSEs in Maths, English, Science and ICT. Additional courses include PSHE, Geography, PE, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education.

There is also accredited vocational based training (BTEC or equivalent Level 1 and 2) in motor mechanics, construction, sports studies, horticulture and land-based management.

The school is one of three Aurora SEMH schools in Lancashire.

Neighbouring Aurora Keyes Barn, in Salwick, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted recently increased its capacity from 20 to 24 students and has also had new classrooms added earlier this year. The school caters for boys of primary age with complex communications difficulties.

And in nearby Darwen there is Aurora Brambles East School for older boys (age 10 to 19 years) which has recently increased its capacity to 56 pupils and the age range to support young people from 16-19.

All three schools are helping boys and young men from Lancashire and the surrounding areas overcome challenging conditions to help them fulfil their potential in their preparation for adulthood and lead meaningful and independent lives.