What is Breckenbrough all about?

breckenbrough 1st 2015-277Breckenbrough in brief

  • Employs a full-time registered counselling psychologist
  • Employs a full-time registered occupational therapist
  • Enjoys and encourages strong partnerships with families
  • Offers a wide range of activities and opportunities
  • Provides post-16 provision for working in partnership with other local providers
  • Operates Beyond Breckenbrough to provide contact and support for students once they have left school and in later life
  • The vast majority of students go on to full-time further education, training and work
  • Has good access from the motorway and rail networks

The school is a non-profit making charity, whose governors are appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire. Housed in a Victorian country house with 10 acres of land in the heart of North Yorkshire, Breckenbrough is located a few miles from Thirsk, close to the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.

As well as offering a full academic curriculum,Outdoor Education and PHSE programmes are integral to the work of the school. Life skills are developed and students are offered a wide and varied range of activities which provide emotional, physical and social challenge. The experiences include motorbike riding and maintenance on site, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking. Work experience and regular opportunities to integrate with the local community are a vital part of our provision.

The school has an experienced staff skilled in conflict resolution, who understand autism and young people experiencing emotional and anxiety related problems. Students are continually encouraged through the powerful ethos of the school where external pressure is reduced and individuality encouraged.

B – Be kind                                                                                                             S – Support to learn to manage themselves

R – Resolve conflict                                                                                            C – Children at the centre of all that we do

E – Enjoy learning                                                                                              H – Holistic approach

C – Calm approach                                                                                             O – Opportunity to self-manage

K – Keep safe                                                                                                         O – Outstanding provision

E – Everyone is equal                                                                                         L –  Listen and learn

N – No punishment                                                                                                                

B – Believe that pupils can change and develop

R – Recognise the causes

O – Outcomes are targeted and planned for

U – Understand how each pupil thinks

G – Growth is aimed for and is achievable

H – Happiness is the key


Breckenbrough prides itself on recognising, developing and then celebrating the good in everyone