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Bredon School

General Details

Bredon School is a mainstream day and boarding school for boys and girls of all abilities from 4 to 18 years old.

We have a specialism for helping children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, high functioning autism and a range of associated learning needs achieve their potential in a thriving learning environment. Bredon School is CReSTeD accredited and holds designated DSP (Dyslexia Specialist Provision) status.

At Bredon School, pupils from across the UK and wider world come together to form a thriving and responsible community of learners, looking out for one another on the journey towards becoming happy, healthy, confident and capable young people.

Who to contact

School Office
01684 293156
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Where to go

Bredon School
Pull Court
GL20 6AH
Area served
Haverhill, Ipswich, Hadleigh, Halesworth, Kessingland, Lakenheath, Ixworth, Kesgrave, Lowestoft, Mid Suffolk, Lavenham, East Suffolk, Leiston, Newmarket, North Ipswich, Mildenhall, Needham Market, Beccles, Saxmundham, Brandon, South Ipswich, Aldeburgh, North Lowestoft, Babergh, Oulton Broad, Capel St Mary, Stowmarket, Stradbroke, Clare, Southwold, Bungay, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, All Suffolk, Eye, Thurston, Debenham, Sudbury, East Ipswich, Framlingham, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, Glemsford, Felixstowe, West Suffolk, West Ipswich
Parking available
Parking details
There is ample visitor parking.
The school is only accessible by road. There are trains travelling to Ashchurch and then taxis available. There are buses travelling to Tewkesbury, but then a taxi would be required.
Restrictions to access
The school is close to the river and one of the entrances does flood at certain times of the year. There are two entrances into the school.

Days & Times

School runs from September until July
Time of day

Other details

Cost Details
Please contact us as our fees vary depending on student needs.
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

We accept enquiries from local authorities, parents and carers.

Age Groups
Pre-school, Children (5-11), Young people
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Lift

Accreditation details
Accredited exam centre for GCSE, BTEC and a variety of other qualifications.


Bredon School is an independent school for students ranging from 3 - 18.

Service users involved in planning
Full discussions are undertaken with all service users before they start at our school and are always at the centre of the decision making process.
DfE Number
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Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Bredon School’s SEN provision helps to build the bridges to learning. Our caring and supportive school community quickly puts new pupils at ease.

We have an international reputation for our work with special educational needs; carrying out the initial pioneering work with Dr Newton’s Aston Index in the 1970s, to a current state-of-the art dynamic Access Centre.

Led by Mrs Deborah Jones the Access Centre has grown and continues to refine its expertise. The staff and school are able to help boys and girls with a wide range of learning difficulties and abilities, including dyslexia.

The school’s SEN policy is at the heart of strategic planning and development. The school believes in the principles of entitlement and inclusion and therefore wants all pupils to engage in a full curriculum. The Access Centre offers a wide variety of provision to pupils. Those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia are offered individual or small group withdrawal from low priority subjects, for literacy, numeracy and speech and language.

Other pupils are offered in-class support or a combination of both withdrawal and support in-class. At the heart of the provision is the Access Centre whose ICT is growing and developing a reputation for the use of voice recognition software.

The Access Centre, staff and its pupils are over-seen by Mrs Jones. Currently there are five full time teachers including 4 SENCos and the Deputy Head; four full time teaching assistants including SpLD qualified staff, and five part time teachers and/or teaching assistants including SpLD qualified staff.

All SEN pupils are identified on SEND register at SEN Support or Statement, soon to be transferred to Education, Health & Care Plans.  These pupils have an Individual Pupil Passport which is written in partnership with the pupil/family. A support plan is written for all students receiving additional support with individual targets. Each of the pupils is monitored and progress checked.

As part of the school’s commitment to SEN, the SENCos and Mrs Jones provide regular inset training to all staff. All teaching staff are encouraged to undertake the BDA Level 3 Dyslexia course. Training takes place with staff on administration days at the start of each term, as well as at staff and department meetings. There is a commitment by the school that all pupils are sympathetically taught by all subject staff and students are set according to understanding rather than literacy level. It may be necessary for students to have access to assistive technology or a scribe to facilitate this.  Some KS3 pupils may be placed in a small, slower paced class and taught a differentiated National Curriculum English by a qualified teacher of specific learning difficulties, as well as being offered individual or small group additional tuition. These pupils may well follow a more vocational pathway at Key Stage 4.

At KS4 and sixth form, pupils are offered specialist learning support lessons which complement their subject course and also strikes a balance with furthering their literacy skills.

For pupils whose English is a second language there is a well-qualified teacher who is ESOL trained (English for Speakers of Other Languages). These pupils are offered individual or small group tuition to develop their English language skills.

The school is supported by such agencies as an educational psychologist, an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist, as well as specialist learning consultants, such as specialists in the Davis procedure, for example. Links with UK health services, social services and educational welfare services are made for a small number of pupils with statements of special educational needs.

Bredon School has its own speech and language therapy unit, based in the grounds of the School. Click the link to read more.

Annual reviews for the statemented pupils are carried out in accordance with the Code of Practice. Personal Tutors, housestaff and subject teachers are all involved in this process and are invited to attend the review meeting.  The pupil, along with their family are always at the heart of this process.

Good liaison between school, parents, pupils and UK Local Education Authorities (where appropriate) is ensured over and above that required by the Annual Review. For each pupil, each academic year the school holds two parent/teacher meetings, submits one full school report and six half-termly progress grade sheets. Parents and the Local Education Authorities are welcome to contact the school for further discussion at any time.  Additional meetings are offered for those students at SEN Support or in receipt of a statement or EHC Plan, to ensure that they are offered the opportunity to meet on a termly basis.

As Bredon School continues to develop in many areas, curriculum development will always take SEN into consideration. With many years of experience behind it, our reputation for provision for SEN pupils is well established. But the school is not content to rest on its laurels and will always strive to build on its success.

Laura Hart
01684 293156
Conditions Supported
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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