Private Education Awards 2023

11 | Luxlife Magazine Best Boys' with SPLD Preparatory School 2023 - Oxfordshire Bruern Abbey is a unique specialist education school focused exclusively on boys diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia, or other learning difficulties. Based in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, the school provides the perfect setting for boys to thrive, and develop techniques to help successfully manage their learning difficulties. Bruern Abbey is a school brimming with highly skilled and passionate specialist staff, ready to support its boys with their academic and pastoral needs, and help them to develop techniques and skills to successfully manage their learning difficulties. It is a unique specialist school, seen as the academic garage of the prep school world. It is currently home to 158 pupils, who have arrived from 121 different schools. Bruern’s reach is national, providing services to pupils from every county in the UK - from Cornwall to Norfolk - just last year. It has a vision to ‘cheer up, and sort out’ boys who have struggled to find their place, or been failed by their previous educational settings. “We always say we are a one trick pony of a school as this is our key mission so the whole staff are onboard.” The luscious school grounds provide an enviable setting for boys to thrive, and engage in a plethora of opportunities beyond the classroom. For example, the school offers archery, clay pigeon shooting, and gardening within its outside spaces. Other activities available beyond the classroom walls include, amongst others, cookery, chess, tennis lessons, polo, drama, art, swimming, carpentry, and cross country running. The main differences between Bruern and other schools are essentially fourfold in nature, as follows. For one thing, all boys come to Bruern with a laptop, which is used in most lessons. For individuals who have difficulties expressing themselves as swiftly or as coherently on paper as they do in speech, this is a real gamechanger. There is a clear focus at Bruern on literacy and numeracy, with nine periods each of English and Mathematics a week. All classes have eleven pupils or fewer, and senior classes have twelve pupils or fewer – which allows boys far more individual attention in class. Boys are rarely taken out for remedial support at Bruern, as their needs are met in class. The school is steadfast in the teaching of traditional values, which are very dear to it. Therefore, it places emphasis on good manners and self-discipline, and encourages the boys to share their aspirations and their anxieties. For many teachers, working at Bruern would be very challenging, with all the hardest to teach pupils in the country having shown up en masse in one place. However, for the right teacher it is a fantastic place to work; truly vocational; and a place where you can feel far more impactful than most teachers do. 2023 brings the 2nd year intake of Bruern Abbey Senior School. This, in line with the prep school, is committed to providing a tailored education in inspiring surroundings. It maintains high expectations for all its boys’ academic futures. At Bruern, bespoke and expert teaching, coupled with a broad appreciation of the value of an allround education, enhances boys’ self-esteem, creating an atmosphere conducive to success. The school feels its staff, parents and pupils know exactly why they’ve joined the Bruern clan, and if resolving low self-esteem, and boosting literacy and numeracy is the primary need, it believes it is better tailored than most to deliver an excellent service in this regard. As recently announced winner of the Private Education Awards Best Boys' with SPLD Preparatory School 2023 – Oxfordshire, Bruern Abbey School should certainly feel very proud of the outstanding job it’s doing, and revel in the light of this worthy achievement. Company: Bruern Abbey School Web Address: Contact Name: Deborah Swift, Registrar Phone Number: + 44 (0)1869 221169