Residential Care

The boarding provision at Bramfield House is a strength of the school. We strive to create a friendly, safe and nurturing environment by encouraging respect and tolerance to each other. We also seek to promote a positive and relaxed atmosphere based on a sense of community and shared behavioural values, where shared activities, learning experiences and reflective thinking are an integral part of everyday life. Pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities designed to develop a variety of social and life skills. All activities are geared towards aiding pupils gain success in building relationships, confidence and social/independence skills as well as using their time constructively and having fun.

Keyworkers

All residential pupils are supported by a chosen Keyworker, who acts as an advocate and offers individual guidance and records and reports progress in a variety of areas. They liaise closely with parents/carers and other professionals (social workers/family support and the Youth Offending Service etc.) to achieve maximum benefits of multi-agency working. Keyworkers also work closely alongside educational staff to support during the school day. All pupils are encouraged with the support of their Keyworker, to agree and set realistic social targets which are linked to the educational objectives in their Education, Health and Care Plan.

Accommodation

The residential accommodation at Bramfield House is split between the ‘Main Building’ and ‘Ibstock House’.

The ‘Main Building’ accommodates up to 24 residential pupils ranging from year 4 through to year 10. The accommodation on the ground floor consists of a reception area, offices, snooker room, large dining room, TV room, games room, library/ICT room, kitchen/washing up areas, medical room, shower block and an indoor heated swimming pool. On the first floor there are 9 bedrooms incorporating a Year 10 flat, a junior flat, 2 shower blocks and a medical room. All pupils are encouraged to personalise their own areas and to take responsibility for keeping it clean and tidy.

‘Ibstock House’ is a residential provision that provides semi–independent living arrangements for Year 11 pupils, a dedicated senior classroom and opportunities to extend the school day into the 24 hour curriculum. This enables pupils to begin to discover themselves further and become more independent in preparation for life post school. The house is set within the school grounds and has its own team of dedicated staff. ‘Ibstock House’ accommodation comprises of 5 bedrooms which accommodates up to 7 pupils, large lounge area, games room, kitchen/utility room and an office. The staff and pupils work as a community to enable each other to achieve their full potential, this is evidenced through increased independence of individual pupils. Pupils learn how to budget for meals and outings, wash their own clothes and cook healthy meals for themselves and others. Keyworkers are supportive with every step, helping with college applications, studying for exams and assisting with different challenges to help prepare for future living.

Activities

Bramfield House School offers a wide variety of activities for the 24 hour curriculum. Within the main residential building there is a full size snooker table, pool table, computers and games consoles, a wide variety of books and magazines, a table tennis table, table football, a dart board and a big screen projector with Sky TV and a variety of suitable age appropriate DVD’s.

Within the school grounds there is a Play-barn, an indoor heated swimming pool, an adventure trail, outside gym equipment, long jump pit, 1 full size football pitch and 2 five a-side football pitches.

Ibstock House offers a games room with a pool table, computer, games console and a dart board. They also have a main living area with a big screen TV with Sky television. Ibstock also has its own private garden and parking area.

There is a wide variety of trips out into the wider community. These range from cinema trips, bowling trips, playing golf and visits to the beach (the school is close to the Suffolk Heritage coast and the popular town of Southwold). We also offer trips to the local skate park, fishing, horse-riding and crabbing. Pupils are also helped and encouraged to play sport in their local areas as well as join organisations such as the Air Cadets.

On special occasions such as end of term, we arrange trips to paintballing, laser quest, go- karting the theatre and meals out. We have facilitated some pupils to achieve sailing and diving accreditation and the school organises a Ski trip to France every 2-3 years.

The School Day

Monday - Thursday

  • Breakfast: 8.10 – 8.50
  • Morning Meeting: 8.50 – 9.00
  • Class: 9.00 – 10.30
  • Break: 10.30 – 10.50
  • Class: 10.50 – 12.20
  • Lunch: 12.20 – 13.30
  • Class: 13.30 – 15.00
  • End of School Day & Boarders Meeting: 15.00 – 15.15
  • Catch Up/Step Up: 16.00 – 17.00
  • Evening Meal: 16.20

Friday

  • Breakfast: 8.10 – 8.50
  • Morning Meeting: 8.50 – 9.00
  • Class: 9.00 – 10.30
  • Break: 10.30 – 10.50
  • Class: 10.50 – 12.20
  • Lunch: 12.20 – 13.20
  • Class: 13.20 – 14.00
  • End of School Day: 14.00