About Us

Brantridge is a special school, catering for boys with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum (ASC), including those with Asperger’s Syndrome and those with a diagnosis of ADHD.

 

We honestly believe that, given the right environment and support, every child can flourish. We do not aim to replicate a mainstream school approach, rather we try to consider what approaches our particular pupils need, to achieve their full potential.

Some of our guiding principles are:

Confidence – many of our pupils arrive at our school with very low self-esteem. The education system has made them feel that they have failed. Addressing this issue is foundational if our pupils are to succeed. One of the key ways in which this happens is finding and celebrating each child’s particular gifting. That may be sporting, performing, artistic, musical or a whole host of other skills, but ensuring that the skill is valued leads to the child feeling valued. Once this sense of confidence and of being valued is restored, then progress can be made in other areas.

Respect – The lack of confidence often leads to a lack of respect. Lack of respect for themselves and in turn to others, be they staff or pupils. Regardless of a child’s behaviour our staff know the importance of engaging with a child in a respectful manner – we seek to model it in the way we engage with each other as staff and in all our engagement with pupils. In time pupils learn to respect – themselves and others.

Holistic approach – our aim as a school is far broader than simply meeting academic needs. We place great emphasis in this area, however we recognise our responsibility to support a child in meeting all the needs identified in their EHCP and oftentimes even beyond that! By working with our occupational therapist, art therapist, education staff, speech and language therapist, pupil support team, counsellor, mental health worker and emotional literacy support worker and others, we together seek to meet a child’s wider needs.

Individuality – each child is different and therefore one set approach is unlikely to work. Some children need movement breaks, fidget toys, wobble cushions, particular handwriting equipment, personalised learning spaces – the list is endless. But this will not be true of all our pupils, in fact no two pupils will have the same needs. We have a culture where our staff understand this. Therefore, personalising our approach is very much part of what we do at Brantridge and our pupils are comfortable operating within that environment.

My son started in September 2021 and he is very settled and understood by Brantridge School. - Parent

From my experience working with the school I have found them to have always been child focused and willing to adapt their provision to meet a child's specific needs. - Parent

The School is fantastic, with wonderful staff and facilities. - Parent

My son has done amazingly well since attending Brantridge. He has improved academically and grown in confidence. I could not have wished for a better school for him. - Parent

My son currently attends Brantridge School and is in your Year 5. He has progressed massively since starting here 2 1/2 years ago. - Parent

It took us two years to find a SEN school for our son. He has been going to Brantridge School since February and he has come on leaps and bounds. - Parent

Latest News

Open Day for Families

A huge thank you to everyone for supporting our first Open Day since before the pandemic. The children were so excited to show their families around the school, introduce them to their friends and join in the activities on offer. …

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Football Success

Well done to our football team who have been enjoying playing against teams from other schools this term. They attended training sessions led by one of our Teaching Assistants, Joe Kay and it was great to see their enthusiasm in …

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Community Visitors

We are very fortunate to be able to welcome visitors from the local community to come into school and talk to our pupils. In particular we are very grateful to the Reverend Carl Smith, from St Mark’s Church in the …

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World Book Day

To mark World Book Day, we have spent the week celebrating books and reading. The week’s highlight was on Thursday 3rd March when so many pupils and staff dressed up as various book characters. The pupils loved the whole event …

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