A PARENT’S GUIDE TO OUR SCHOOL
Our School at a glance…
- Boys Only School
- Day and 38 week Residential School
- 7-16 Years
- Walpole Road, Bramfield Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9AB
- 01986 784 235
How does the school know when a young person needs extra help?
Bramfield House School is an Independent residential and day special school for boys. The school caters for pupils aged 7-16. The school capacity is 74 pupils with residential provision for 31 students. Bramfield House School caters for students with a wide range of needs including social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, including SEMH, Asperger’s, ASD, ADHD, dyslexia and students who would be emotionally vulnerable in a mainstream environment.
All students who attend Bramfield House School have an Education, Health and Care Plan which identifies the school as the most appropriate provision for the young person. The EHCP identifies the young person’s primary and additional needs. These needs are reviewed annually through the Annual Review Process.
The academic progress together with the progress made against the students’ individual objectives written into the Education, Health and Care Plan, is monitored regularly by the Head of Education. Where students are not making expected progress staff work together to design, implement and evaluate interventions to remedy the situation. The school will communicate with parents about interventions, and will work alongside parents to enable them to support learning at home.
How will the school staff support my young person?
All students at Bramfield House have an Education, Health and Care Plan. This document outlines the needs of your child and recommend the provision, resources, approaches and multi-agency involvement required to meet those needs. Individual Learning Plans are drawn up each term by your child’s Form Tutor to specifically target educational objectives. Targets are set and the progress made is reviewed each term. All subject staff who teach your child are working on enabling your child to meet their IEP targets. We use continual teacher assessment to identify how well students are making progress academically and in terms of identified needs. We use this information to tailor learning to work on any areas that need to be developed.
At Bramfield House we work closely with other professionals wherever possible to ensure that all of the needs that are outlined on the Education, Health and Care Plan are met.
Pupils who board with us in our Residential provision will also be able to work on areas identified in their Education, Health and Care Plan as part of our 24 hour curriculum.
The form tutor or allocated key worker has weekly contact with parents through home/school book, emails or phone conversations.
School governance is the responsibility of Acorn Education and Care who ensure that all procedures and school systems are robust, and that policies are in place, and are working effectively. Parents have representation by school audits, annual education review process and parent questionnaires.
- Bramfield House School was graded as Good for its Education provision in January 2017 by Ofsted.
- Bramfield House School was graded as Outstanding for its Residential provision in September 2018 by Ofsted.
Students at Bramfield House School make good progress over time and the majority of students leave school with a range of GCSEs.
How will both you and I know how my young person is doing and how will you help me to support my young person’s needs?
All students at Bramfield House School have an Education, Health and Care Plan. This document outlines the needs of your child and recommend the provision, resources, approaches and multi-agency involvement required to meet those needs. The overall objectives of the Education, Health and Care Plan are broken down into smaller targets on the young person’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Individual Education Plans are drawn up each term by your child’s form tutor. Targets are set and the progress made is reviewed each term. All subject staff who teach your child are working on enabling your child to meet their IEP targets.
We also set and review subject targets each term that outline specific subject based targets for your child to work on.
Pupils at Bramfield House School are given regular homework and we fully encourage parents and carers to support their child in completing this at home.
At the end of Year 11 students receive their GCSE results.
Annual Review meetings are held once a year. There is at least weekly contact with parents to give a brief report on progress that week. This is via telephone, email or home/ school book.
How will the curriculum be matched to my young person’s needs?
All students at Bramfield House School have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The majority of students take GCSEs at the end of Year 11. Our curriculum is modified in terms of breadth of subjects offered; we offer a smaller range of subjects and more time is devoted to English Maths and Science lessons. Class sizes are 8 in KS3 & 4, and between 6 – 8 in KS2. All classes are supported by a Teaching Assistant. As part of our practice we differentiate activities and tasks in lessons, ensuring that students are working on developing skills and knowledge to make good progress. In some lessons there may be elements of small group teaching or 1:1 withdrawal. We run interventions to enable students to make progress with their literacy and numeracy skills. We emphasise life skills throughout our curriculum.
In Year 10 some students may have the opportunity to access qualifications at a local college where students experience vocational learning in a college environment. Our horticulture department is a strength and students can gain qualifications through the Royal Horticulture Society. We offer opportunities for work experience as blocks in Year 11, and on-going opportunities for some students in our local community.
In our residential provision students have access to a broad 24 hour curriculum offering numerous opportunities to develop and promote positive social interaction incorporating communication, independence and self- management skills and the development of self-esteem.
What support will there be for my young person’s overall well-being?
We are committed to multi agency working to ensure that the needs of young person are met. Our work with other agencies is frequent, sustained and responsive to student and family needs.
Professionals from other agencies including Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapy; Occupational Therapy, CAMHS, Social Care and Health support the work of the school when necessary working with us to devise strategies and offer training and advice whenever necessary.
We have a qualified school nurse with extensive experience and links to local services. Staff meet at the start and end of every working day to share information about our pupils and ensure that a consistent and fair approach is taken at all times. Important information about our pupils is circulated to the appropriate staff in a timely and professional manner to ensure that when any member of staff is interacting with your child they will be doing so from a sound knowledge and understanding of your child.
Every member of staff has been employed because they are committed to making a difference to the lives of young people.
Staff receive regular training. We ensure staff have access to a variety of training so they are well prepared to support and assist the pupils.
We encourage students to use their student voice to raise any concerns or issues that they have. The Pupil meeting meets regularly and brings any issues to the fore. Students are also involved in planning for their care and targets through IEPs, Annual Reviews.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
How accessible is the school environment?
The Lower school, art room and the ground floor of the main house are wheelchair accessible.
The Residential Provision can only be accessed via a fight of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.
Disabled visitors would be able to access the building through the side entrance.
We have disabled toilets available.
Where parents or carers do not have English as their first language we seek to engage with interpretation services and would commission these from local authority approved providers.
What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
All staff at Bramfield House School receive a variety of training to support their work with young people. Safe- guarding training is mandatory for all staff and Team Teach is mandatory for all staff who work directly with the pupils:
In addition to this, relevant staff have received training in the following areas: First Aid, Shallow Water, Food Hygiene, Fire Marshall training, COSHH, Manual Handling, Medication, Education visits, ADHD awareness, Understanding attachment. This list is not exhaustive. All existing care staff have attained a relevant minimum level 3 qualification or have qualifications which demonstrate the same competencies. All new staff engaged from the commencement of these Standards hold these qualifications or begin working towards them within 3 months of confirmation of employment.
We have a weekly staff training meeting for both the education and residential teams where we discuss best approaches and strategies for meeting the needs of the students.
How will my young person be included in the activities outside the classroom including school trips?
We have an inclusive approach to every aspect of school life including school visits.
Our off site visits are designed to enhance curricular and recreational opportunities for all of our students. Off site visits are also designed to create opportunities for developing independence, communication and self- management skills, and to promote positive self-esteem. We have a rigorous in-house health and safety screening for all of our off site education and work placements. This will involve working with each placement to make them aware of individual student needs and targets for the duration of the work placement and ensuring that those involved in teaching our students off site are also aware of specific SEN, through detailed pen portraits. We also offer students the opportunity to take part in a range of residential activities throughout their time at Bramfield House School. Residential pupils have access to a further wide variety of trips and experiences as part of the 24 hour curriculum. These include golf, cycling, art and craft, music and horse-riding.
All visits and off site activities are risk assessed to ensure they are appropriate and can be managed to suit individual needs.
How will the school prepare and support my young person to join the school, transfer to college or the next stage of education and life?
We work closely with your Local Authority to ensure that the child is offered provision that can meet their needs. To ensure a successful school placement, the school operates an admission process whereby referral paperwork is scrutinised. This is followed by a home visit, then pupils are invited into school with parents/carers and relevant professionals for an informal meeting. The final decision is arrived at by the school but always takes into account the pupils views and wishes.
Careers education and transition planning is an important part of the Annual Review process from Year 9 onwards. Students meet with their Independent Careers Adviser regularly from Year 9 to discuss ideas about college training or employment. Students attend college open days supported by school staff . Staff also assist with college application forms and attending interviews.
We have links with the Easton College and students in Year 10 occasionally have the opportunity to study vocational courses to familiarise themselves with a college setting.
Students in Year 11 undertake a work experience placement.
We work closely with other providers to ensure that the transition post 16 is as smooth as possible.
For the past 3 years 100% of students have successfully made the transition to further education, training or employment.
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to young people’s special educational needs?
The majority of the schools resources are used to provide small class sizes with appropriate levels of staffng. Pupil Premium funding is received for some students, and these funds are spent on meeting the individual needs of pupils and enhancing their education experience.
Our interventions program is delivered by Intervention Teaching Assistants to promote literacy and numeracy across the school. This is overseen by the SENCO and Head of Education.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan identifies the level of support required to meet your child’s needs. This is agreed through discussion between the school and your Local Authority.
We plan provision to achieve the objectives outlined in the Education, Health and Care Plan for each individual pupil.
How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?
At Bramfield House School we believe in working in partnership with parents and carers to achieve the very best outcomes for pupils. Contact with parents/carers is a strength of the school and we communicate regularly through phone calls, email, home/school book, reports and annual reviews.
As a school we welcome contact from parents and would encourage parents to contact us if there are any questions or concerns.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact our Headteacher, Davina Bell at:
Walpole Road, Bramfield Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9AB
T: 01986 784 235