Academic Studies

Breckenbrough is a special school in the truest sense by providing a platform for all students to achieve their academically, regardless of their complex needs and the barriers to learning experienced on a daily basis. All Breckenbrough students have a desire to learn and their academic studies are a key component of our curriculum.

Whilst Breckenbrough is a special school, our students follow their academic studies at age-expected levels with a clear and established progression from Key Stage 2 through to Further and Higher Education. We offer a full GCSE programme with the option of A Levels, BTEC or vocational studies via local colleges within the Sixth Form.

Through their academic studies, we achieve positive outcomes in various ways:

  1. Demonstrating an understanding of our cohort’s complex needs, which allows the teaching team to devise, plan and implement quality learning experiences.
  2. Providing a learning environment with small group numbers of no more than five and high staffing ratios in order to support our students in overcoming the various barriers to learning experienced within mainstream provision.
  3. Clear and established progression routes to suit the range of academic and vocational skills we have within the school.

Academic success is important for Breckenbrough students, often being a foundation of their self-esteem and self-worth. Our students are proud of their achievements and understand that studying at Breckenbrough can be a springboard for the next stage of their young lives.

All students are assessed and supported in preparation for their exams by ensuring any appropriate access arrangements are in place. These assessments are carried out our Assistant Headteacher (SENCo) using test materials such as CTOPP-2, and WIAT-II T.


"My son is a different boy! so positive about school. Last year I had a young man at home unable to attend mainstream education and desperately unhappy. Now his is well on his way to a happy time in his education, he bounces out of bed every school day and talks about his day at school. I can only say this is down to the fantastic staff and boys at Breckenbrough."