Bruern Abbey School
Special needs catered for
(SpLD) Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia), ADHD
Academics are of paramount importance at Bruern. Due to boys' learning difficulties they need to be taught in very specific ways to help them reach their full potential. To achieve this Bruern is split into two halves, the Junior and Senior School. The Junior School is for boys between the ages of 8 and 11 (National Curriculum Years 3 to 6 inclusive) and the Senior School is for boys between the ages of 12 and 13 (National Curriculum Years 7 and 8).
Support services provided
The key differences between Bruern and other preparatory schools are essentially fourfold. - All boys come to Bruern with a laptop, which is used in most lessons. - There is a clear focus on literacy and numeracy, with nine periods each of English and Mathematics a week. - All junior classes have eleven pupils or fewer and senior classes have twelve pupils or fewer – allowing boys more individual attention in class. - Boys are rarely taken out for remedial support, as their needs are met in class.
Home school links
Bruern returns boys to mainstream senior schools via the 13+ Common Entrance examination. Boys in the last 3 years have gone to over 20 different senior schools.
Bruern Abbey is set in 23 acres of grounds and woodland in rural Oxfordshire.
Bruern’s system of truly flexible boarding recognises that for three quarters of Bruern boys, they've found the right school but a daily commute is not realistic. It offers, for those parents who wish it, a choice of one to four nights of boarding in the peace, security and beauty of the Oxfordshire countryside, without compromising their three nights and a full weekend of family life at home. Far from fumes and traffic, boys are able to concentrate fully on their studies from Monday to Friday, and to take advantage of all that Bruern has to offer.
The School also welcomes day boys, who arrive by 8.15 a.m. (9.00 a.m. on Monday) and are free to return home at 6.10 p.m., except on Friday, when they are free at 3.45 p.m.
For London pupils the School operates every week its own bus which, at a published charge, collects boys early on Monday morning from near Sloane Square and Marble Arch as well as from selected stops on the A40/M4. It returns them, again against the flow of traffic, by 6.00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, in time for the weekend.
Whether boys choose to board one night a week or four, regularly or occasionally, Bruern Abbey offers both parents and their sons a truly convenient and flexible form of schooling, designed to meet each family's particular circumstances and requirements.
Aims and philosophy
The School's raison d'être is to prepare boys, who have dyslexia or some other form of learning difficulty, for Common Entrance to major British public schools. We provide a tailored education in beautiful surroundings and maintain high expectations for the academic future. We aim to enhance boys' self-esteem, in the firm belief that confidence is the key to academic success.
Staff qualification and selection
Many staff hold a number of specialist qualifications in Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Speech and Language therapy, Ocuupational Therapy and Counselling.