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.


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.


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 6 through to year 11. The accommodation on the ground floor consists of a reception area, offices, pool room, large dining room, TV room, games room, library/ICT room, kitchen/washing up areas, medical room, shower bock/changing rooms and indoor heated swimming pool. On the first floor there are 9 bedrooms incorporating a Year 11 flat, Year 10 area, 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. In the year 11 flat, pupils learn how to budget for meals and outings, and cook healthy meals for themselves and others. Further independent skills are introduced throughout the year, e.g laundry and independent travel. Key workers are supportive with every step, helping with colleague applications, studying for exams and assisting with different challenges to help prepare for future living.

“Ibstock House” is a residential provision that provides living arrangements for pupils in years 3 to 5. The house is set within the school grounds and has its own team of dedicated staff. “Ibstock House” accommodation comprises of 6 bedrooms which can accommodate up to 6 pupils, large lounge area, games room, kitchen/dining/utility room and an office. The staff and pupils work as a community to enable each other to achieve their full potential. There is a high level of staff support to enable these young boarding pupils to develop more independent skills.


Bramfield House School offers a wide variety of activities for the 24 hour curriculum. Within the main residential building there are pool tables, 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 and games console. 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, crabbing, cinema, speedway (during season), swimming at the Lido, golf, crazy golf, bowling and paintball and other reward trips based on our reward system. Pupils are also helped and encouraged to play sport in their local areas.

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 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


  • 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