Bruern Abbey School

Bruern is a mainstream school with a clear specialism in ‘cheering up and sorting out’ boys with specific learning difficulties. Bruern’s aim is for all boys to return to the mainstream school arena after their time in the ‘Bruern bubble’.

At Bruern pastoral care is woven into the whole school ethos. Your boys will see their tutor every morning (the juniors also see their tutor after lunch) and they should be the first port of call if they are worried about anything. Sometimes your boy will need something extra and as such the teaching and boarding staff are ably assisted by a Bruern network of professionals including cognitive behavioural therapists, educational psychologists, school counsellors, bereavement counsellors and psychiatrists.

Every boy has a laptop and there are additional teachers and learning support assistants in core subjects. The curriculum is balanced and broadly based, and strongly promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of our boys. It prepares our boys well for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British Society, including the provision for their economic well-being. It enables the boys to acquire skills in speaking, reading, writing, listening and numeracy.

There are many additional positions of responsibility that the boys can work towards, Prefects, Formal Dinner Servers, Eco committee member… to name a few. In addition to the classroom curriculum, activities always prove popular with day boys and boarders.

Being a Bruern boy should not mean that you miss out on all the fun. Bruern should give the boys a chance to experience all facets of Bruern life. These can take the form of skiing trips, cricket tours to Sri Lanka and watching the Rugby World Cup in France 2023.

There are also music lessons and weekly music recitals - the boys can benefit from our musical network of peripatetic musicians. They also have the chance to showcase their musical skills on a weekly basis when parents come to Formal dinners.

The Bruern ship is steered by the Executive Head, Mr John Floyd, MA PGCE SENCo.

John has been Head at Bruern for 13 years now (with his wife Hen, his 4 sons and 5 dogs). Before taking over at Bruern in 2011 John was the Deputy Head (and Head of SEND) at Westminster Cathedral Choir School before making a break for Oxfordshire, prior to WCCS John worked for Teachfirst in London’s largest state Secondary in Eltham.

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Bruern Abbey Senior School, Chilton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9LR

Bruern Abbey Prep School, Chesterton, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 1UY

Executive Head: Mr John Floyd, MA PGCE SENCo.