Local Offer

The Local Offer is a new way of giving children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support is available

Who are we?

Breckenbrough is more than just a school. It provides a nurturing and therapeutic environment, which enables boys from 9 to 19 to successfully access a curriculum that meets their needs and interests. We are especially successful with students who are diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, but also work effectively with others who want to learn and develop but have found it difficult to do so.

  • We have been successfully working with young people for over 50 years.
  • We are a non-profit making charity, whose Governing Board is appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire.
  • We are housed in a modernised Victorian country house with 10 acres of grounds in the heart of beautiful North Yorkshire, close to good road and rail links.
  • We accept pupils from all over the country who have a statement of special educational needs or an EHCP.
  • We make provision for day students, and weekly boarders. All placements are for 38 weeks. Boarders have their own rooms and can access good social and domestic facilities.
  • We work hard to provide a safe, calm environment where our students can rebuild their self-esteem, develop appropriate social skills, become independent and succeed academically.
  • We avoid punishment and work with our students to understand that actions have consequences so that we can work together to find ways of achieving positive consequences. We apply conflict resolution and restorative justice when things go wrong.
  • We employ a full time registered psychologist, and can provide other therapies such as Speech and Language, Occupational, Music and Creative Arts.
  • We aim to enable our students to access further and higher education, training or work and to live rewarding and successful lives.

What else do I need to know?

  • There is excellent regular communication between the school, parents/carers and local educational authorities.
  • We encourage parents to work in collaboration with the School.
  • Staff have up-to-date training in specialisms relating to our students.
  • Work experience and regular opportunities to integrate with the local community are part of our provision.
  • Progress is monitored daily, with termly academic and social reports for parents and local authorities. Weekly and daily reports are provided as required.
  • Transition plans are developed and the School employs its own qualified careers officer, who plays an important role.
  • Students can gain success in both academic and vocational subjects. The school has its own Sixth Form offering a wide range of A level subjects, but also works in partnership with other providers.
  • All students are supported by their own mentor and key worker.
  • On leaving, students successfully progress on to University, further education or the world of work.
  • The journeys of our students do not end when they leave Breckenbrough. ‘Beyond Breckenbrough’ tracks and supports students from when they leave School till they are 25 and then our ‘Aftercare’ charity is available to each student for as long as necessary.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How does the school 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 and local authorities.
  • We are especially successful with students who are diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. We also work effectively with boys who want to learn and develop but have found it difficult to do so in mainstream settings.

 

  1. How will school 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 size is kept small.
  • School governors are appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire. Governors visit each school department every term.
  • On leaving, students successfully progress onto university, further education or the world of work.
  • Ofsted has rated Breckenbrough good with outstanding aspects.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 are ready to discuss progress whenever parents/carers require it.
  • The small size of the school and each class means 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 parents on a regular basis.
  • We work in collaboration with parents so that good support can be offered outside the school day.
  • Termly reports showing targets achievement and goals are issues termly. An opportunity to discuss this face to face with any staff member and any other area is offered at the end of each term.

 

  1. What support will there be for my child’s/young person’s overall wellbeing?
  • Day boys have a personal mentor. Each boy is able to choose the person with whom they will work best.
  • Medicines are given by social education staff following best practices.
  • Each boy’s needs are carefully monitored. Exclusions are very rare and Ofsted commented that attendance is above average.
  • Concerns can be raised with any member of staff and all comments are taken seriously.
  • Good, trusting relationships are developed in school so that everyone knows they will be listened to.

 

  1. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
  • All staff have specific training in the conditions that boys present with. Training is regularly updated
  • Breckenbrough has a full time registered psychologist. Other services including speech and language, occupational and music and the creative arts therapy can be provided as required.

 

  1. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
  • All staff support young people with SEND and have appropriate and up to date training. This is refreshed regularly.

 

  1. How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
  • Outdoor education is a major part of our work with young people. Our aim is to include all 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 involved in planning the range of activities and trips.
  • FIeld trips take place to support national curriculum but give opportunities to develop social skills and emotional maturity.

 

  1. How accessible is the school environment?
  • The building is a modernised Victorian country house. All classrooms are fully wheelchair accessible but currently there is limited wheelchair accessibility to boarding facilities.
  • The senior management team are alert to the auditory and visual environment and update facilities when necessary.
  • There are currently limited disabled changing and toilet facilities.
  • The school would buy in appropriate support if there was a need to communicate with parent carers whose first language is not English.
  • All new equipment and facilities to support children and young people with special educational needs is assessed and part of the budget is designated for updating such equipment.

 

  1. How will the school prepare and support my child/ young person to join the school, transfer to the next stage of education and life?
  • Breckenbrough has a thorough, phased assessment through which each boy proceeds before a placement is offered. Exact details of the assessment depend of whether the boy will be boarding or will be a day pupil.
  • Transition plans are developed and the school employs its own qualified careers officer who plays an important role in these.
  • Comprehensive information will be 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 Breckenbrough tracks and supports students from when they leave school until they are 25. Our Aftercare charity is available to each student for as long as necessary.

 

  1. How are the school’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 and administration costs, all money received for each boy is spent on them each year.

 

  1. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
  • The needs of each young person are assessed based on the information that arrives with them supported by the professional input of our psychologist and teaching staff. Support is allocated depending on need.
  • Information from parents and carers is vital to this process.
  • Discussion with parents and carers is an ongoing process. Clear targets are set and the effect of each type of support offered is measured against these.

 

  1. How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?
  • Very regular contact with parents and carers is a key part of our work with each young person. This can be at the request of the parent/carer or at the request of the pupil. We value the input from parents and carers who often have the best information about what works for their son.

 

  1. Who can I contact for further information?
  • Once your son is at Breckenbrough the first point of contact would be Diane Walker (Office & Admissions Manager) who would be able to advise on which member of staff should be approached. The Head for Curriculum is Simon Bannister, with Deputy Head Gavin Copland.  The Head of Social Education is Stuart Edwards, with Deputy Head of Social Education Graham Easterlow, the SENCo is Katharine Barlow.
  • Each member of the teaching staff, including teaching assistants, your mentor and members of the social education staff all have a role in your son’s education.
  • Any member of staff is happy to talk to you. Geoffrey Brookes is the Executive Head Teacher and Graham Ralph is Chair of the Board of Governors.
  • Diane Walker is the best person to approach in the first instance on 01845 587238 or office@breckenbrough.org.uk
  • The local authority’s local offer is available on their website.

 

 How can I find out more?

We look forward to hearing from you