Bruern Abbey School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
8 - 16
Other independent school

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Secondary Data
Explained for parents
Day and Weekly/ Flexible Boarding
Boarding Type
Day Fees Per Term

Leaver Destinations

Chesterton Manor
OX26 1UY

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School Description

Bruern Abbey is a unique school that caters exclusively for boys aged 8 to 16 diagnosed with learning difficulties. The school's beautiful groups provide the perfect setting for students to thrive and engage in a plethora of opportunities beyond the classroom.

Bruern Abbey School Parent Reviews

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This is a superb school! The unique help it gives dyslexics is second to none, and its ethos and culture really are wonderful.
“Turned his life around, literally!”

Bruern is a wonderful and bespoke school. Tailored to each child with professionalism and creates amazing results. It’s a breath of fresh air in its unconventional approach and eccentric rituals. My child has hugely benefited and quite literally turned his life around.
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News, Photos and Open Days from Bruern Abbey School

Last update: 14 December 2023

The key differences between Bruern and other schools are:

• All boys come to Bruern with a laptop, for those who have difficulty in expressing themselves as swiftly or as coherently on paper as they do in speech, this is an absolute godsend

• There is a clear focus on literacy and numeracy

• All classes have small numbers – allowing boys more individual attention in class

• As their needs are met in class, boys are rarely taken out for remedial support

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Bruern Abbey is a unique school, providing specialist education and pastoral support exclusively for boys diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia or other learning difficulties.Our highly skilled and passionate specialist staff, support the boys with both their academic and pastoral needs, helping them develop techniques and skills to successfully manage their learning difficulties. 

Our beautiful grounds provide the perfect setting for boys to thrive and engage in a plethora of opportunities beyond the classroom.

Academics are of paramount importance at Bruern Prep. Due to boys' learning difficulties, they need to be taught in very specific ways to help them reach their full potential.

To achieve this Bruern Prep is split into two halves, the Junior School and the Upper School:

• The Junior School is for boys aged 8 - 11 (National Curriculum Years 4 to 6)

• The Upper School is for boys aged 12 and 13 (National Curriculum Years 7 and 8)

- The Senior School is for boys aged 13-16 )National Curriculum Years 9,10 & 11 GCSEs)

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Destination Schools in recent years have included:

Ampleforth College, Bede's School, Bloxham School, Bryanston School, Charterhouse, Clayesmore Senior School, Cokethorpe, D'Overbroeck's, Epsom College, Ewell Castle, Felsted School, Framlingham College, Gordonstoun, Hampstead Fine Arts College, Hurstpierpoint College, Kew House, King Arthur's, King's Bruton, Kingham Hill School, King's Ely, King's School, Bruton, Lancing College, Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, Maida Vale School, Malvern College, Millfield Senior School, Milton Abbey School (Art Scholarship; DT Scholarship), Oakham School, Oundle School, Pangbourne School, Repton, Rugby School, Sherborne School, Shiplake College, Singapore American School, St Edward's School, Stowe School (Sport Scholarship), The Oratory School, Uppingham School, Westonbirt School, Worth School (Academic Scholarship), Wycliffe College

Bruern Abbey School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.