Breckenbrough School

Special needs catered for

Primarily ASD, ADHD.

• Over 70 years of experience in educating boys with complex needs

• A unique special school with a Quaker ethos

• Educates boys aged 9 to 19 with academic potential

• Accommodates both day and boarding pupils on a 38 week basis

• Has expertise and success with boys with Asperger Condition and ADHD

• Has high educational expectation’s and offers a wide range of GCSE’s, vocational programmes and A levels

• Provides individualised learning and programmes of study

• Offers a relaxed atmosphere, within a holistic and therapeutic environment

• Operates an effective ethos of conflict resolution

• Encourages pupils to understand and take responsibility for their own actions

• Employs a full-time onsite registered psychologist

• Transition plans are developed and the School employs its own qualified careers officer, who plays an important role

• 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

• 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

• The vast majority of boys 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. The school has a powerful and effective ethos based on Quaker values and conflict resolution.

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.

Breckenbrough provides a broad curriculum with highly individualised programmes. In Key Stages 2 and 3 pupils follow the framework of the National Curriculum. In Key Stage 4 the majority of pupils take between 5 and 12 GCSE’s and aim for Grade C or above. In the sixth form, the school works in partnership with a variety of different local providers offering A Levels and vocational courses.

Success in the classroom is enhanced by all pupils having the opportunity for individualised and additional support according to their interests and needs.

Outdoor Education and PHSE programmes are offered which are integral to the work of the school within the pastoral element of the curriculum, life skills are developed and pupils are offered a wide and varied range of activities which provide an emotional, physical and social challenge. The physical experiences include motorbike riding and maintenance on site, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking. Residential trips include the annual ski trip for the upper school, cultural explorations and whole school excursions. Work experience and regular opportunities to integrate in the community are a vital part of our provision. There is an increasing emphasis on developing independence skills for students.

The school has embarked on an extensive refurbishment programme and upgrade of the residential accommodation. All boarders have their own rooms to ensure privacy and feeling safe. There are fully fitted kitchens to develop independent living skills.

The school has an experienced staff skilled in conflict resolution and the understanding of Asperger Condition and young people suffering from emotional problems. The therapeutic provision is supported by a full- time Psychologist. Students are encouraged through the powerful ethos of the school where external pressure is reduced and individuality encouraged.


Breckenbrough School
North Yorkshire,


01845 587238


01845 587385





Teaching staff



Simon Bannister

Residential care staff


Special needs support staff


DFEE Registered number


Length of school year

38 weeks

Age range


Number on roll


Type of school

Boys. Weekly/Flexible and day


On application


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