A very warm welcome to Breckenbrough School’s website.

Breckenbrough is a Non-Maintained Special School (NMSS) approved by the Secretary of State. We offer day and residential placements for boys with a range of complex needs, including Autism (ASC), Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Like our students, Breckenbrough is unique; offering a bespoke, special school approach in the delivery of our holistic curriculum. We pride ourselves in being a ‘specialist’ school, providing a nurturing, supportive and low stress environment to help our students learn to manage their anxiety levels and specific needs to make holistic progress towards their individual outcomes.

Our vision is to improve the Quality of Life for all our students in becoming healthy, happy and successful adults.

In order to improve the Quality of our Student’s lives, we aim to support our students to achieve two key goals during their time here:

1. To be themselves, aspire and be successful.

2. To develop strategies and coping mechanisms to move towards a level of self-actualisation in order to thrive in the neurotypical world.

Following the model of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need, every student arrives at Breckenbrough seeking a safe, nurturing environment where they can be accepted and learn. Due to their adverse experiences in prior settings, our first goal is to reduce anxiety levels and for every student to feel safe and secure in the school environment. It is unreasonable to expect any progress until this has been achieved, especially with their academic studies. Every student progresses through the school seeking to achieve what Maslow terms as self-actualisation, which is essential in achieving the second key goal. As a student progresses upwards through the levels of Maslow, there is a parallel increase in engagement, learning and progress. In order to achieve this, high staff to student ratios are required with class sizes of no more than five students.

Our Quaker ethos underpins all we aspire to build in our students: respect, tolerance, equality, understanding and forgiveness. We deliberately avoid punishment and forced discipline, believing that resolution of conflict can come about through behaviour modelling and restorative practice. We and the eight other Quaker schools operate using a similar ethos and come together through the Friends School Council.

Our students are well supported by our experienced and committed team. Each student works alongside a core group of professionals, which includes a keyworker, whose responsibility is to ensure that the students’ needs are met, their development is planned and monitored and their outcomes are celebrated and communicated with parents and professionals. The keyworker is crucial in providing the link between the student in school and the student’s home life and family. In addition, we have a therapeutic team on site which includes a full-time psychologist, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech and Language Therapist. The coordination of work between the school team, our families and any external professionals is crucial in supporting the students in working towards achieving the two key goals during their time at Breckenbrough.

Exploring the school website will highlight many examples of students who have gone on to successful careers. Many have progressed straight into employment, whereas many others have progressed to achieve continued academic success through further education and university.

If you are interested in finding out more about the school, please contact Gilly Charters, whose son attended the school and can provide a wealth of information. Gilly’s email address is [email protected]

If you would like to arrange a visit to the school, speak to myself or one of my colleagues, please contact our office manager, Diane Walker, either by email: [email protected] or by phone on 01845 587238.

Alternatively, click here to take you to an enquiry form, where you can contact us through the website.

I look forward to welcoming you to Breckenbrough School in person, as only then can you get a true understanding of the unique and special nature of our School.


Simon Bannister – Headteacher

My son has, like so many before him, changed (improved!) beyond all recognition over the 2 years he has so far had at Breck. He is now self-aware, and understands his 'red buttons' so is able to begin to comprehend those buttons in other people, and hence integrate socially. Thank you