Welcome to Bramfield House School

Bramfield House School was established in 1970 as a specialist provision for pupils with social, emotional, mental health, communication difficulties and associated challenging behaviours.  It is an all boys establishment catering for an age range of 7-16 and is registered for 74 pupils. It is situated in rural Suffolk 10 minutes drive from the heritage coast. The residential accommodation consists of the main house sitting in 10 acres of gardens and 1 mile from the centre of the village of Bramfield. The classroom facilities are independently placed within the grounds and consist of purpose made specialist subject provisions.

Alongside the school site we provide a separate residential accommodation called Ibstock House that caters for the further development of pupil’s independence skills. This house has its own designated classroom and gardens, approximately ¾ of an acre and can support up to 6 boarding pupils. Both can access the numerous on-site resources on offer, including an indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, multi-gym, pool tables and table tennis table, full size sports pitches and outdoor adventure trail, amongst a host of other in- house activities and interests.

The ethos of the school is based on trust and mutual respect, providing the opportunity for every individual to maximise their own potential in a warm and caring environment. The pupils are supported in discovering their personal attributes, and to then themselves acknowledge these skills, building their confidence and self-esteem so that this can then be transferred and used to develop and enhance all areas of their social and educational development. The professional staff group engages with pupils to explore new and varied environments and interests, using these opportunities to build relationships and understanding, so that they may be better placed to provide individually tailored support to the pupil. The school is well aware of the difficulties that been previously encountered by the young people coming into our care and will start afresh, positively supporting the pupils individuality alongside promoting the value of appropriate social skills. We provide a clearly staged developmental pathway from nurturing to self-management and independence, with skilled staff and resources to assist in this journey.


  • To meet each child’s physical and emotional needs and encourage a positively healthy lifestyle, in line with the Every Child Matters Framework.
  • To promote the welfare of pupils and ensure safeguarding by creating a safe community with clear and thoughtful boundaries.
  • To support personal development and individual achievement so that young people can become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
  • To be responsive to the needs and individual qualities of all of our children and young people; thus demonstrating our clear commitment to equality of opportunity for all.
  • To create an atmosphere within which a young person can grow physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.
  • To be open and amenable to public scrutiny.


The success of each individual is founded on our core values of respect, dignity, trust and well-being, a commitment to realising the potential of each child and young person through a broad and enriching curriculum, growing independence and widening the opportunities for continued learning and work.

What makes us special

  • The family orientated ethos of the school
  • Our ability to work with children whose needs are diverse, complicated and challenging
  • Excellent relationships with our young people
  • Our commitment to our Home – School liaison programme
  • Pupils individual progress
  • Links with external agencies
  • The commitment, experience and knowledge of the staff
  • The shared ownership of the school felt by the pupils

Pastoral Support

The progress of pupils in all Year Groups will be monitored by the Key Stage Leader, Form Teacher, Teaching Assistant and allocated Key Workers (for residential pupils). This will include the pupils’ academic attainment, their behaviour and their attendance. There is close liaison with the Senior Leadership Team, the Team Leaders and the child’s parents/carers. They provide individual support aimed at improving pupils’ behaviour and encouraging them to fulfil their potential in the classroom.  They come to know their pupils exceptionally well and have a vital role to play in ensuring that pupils make the most of their time at Bramfield House School.

Meet the Headteacher

10066877773_6aef5074e4_b-200x300Dee qualified as a teacher in 1983 and has been working in special needs education for over 25 years. She has wide ranging experience, spending time running youth centres in London (gaining a Diploma in Youth and Community), as well as holding senior management positions in day and residential schools in England and Scotland, helping to develop the skills of children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

Dee has been at the helm of Bramfield House School for 18 years, starting out as Deputy Headteacher and progressing within two years to Headteacher. While she holds a strategic role, overseeing both education and residential, she also keeps in regular contact with pupils, having breakfast and lunch with them on a daily basis.

She said: “Bramfield House has a very enthusiastic team and is fully committed to its children – we don’t give up on anyone and successfully develop emotional and social skills in order for our young people to succeed. We have an ethos of trust and mutual respect which allows our pupils to maximise their potential.”