Spen Brook School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
Special school

(former Hawes Side Library)
Hawes Side Lane
11 - 17
Other independent special school
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School Description

The Birches is an independent special school registered for up to six boys aged 11 to 17 who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties and associated complex challenging behaviour and associated anxiety. The Birches is one of a small number of schools which, together with other services, form part of the Hexagon Care Group. Due to the vulnerable nature of pupils, the school does not have a dedicated website. General information about schools and services is available on Hexagon’s website. The school aims to ‘assist young people in coming to terms with their own abuse and trauma as well as their offending’ and to ‘… support young people to develop empathy and respect for others by promoting positive relationships and Inspection report: The Birches, 16–18 July 2019 Page 10 of 13 behaviour.’ Pupils come from several local authorities and all are looked after. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. There are three members of staff: a headteacher, a teacher and a higher-level teaching assistant. At the time of the inspection, senior leaders had recruited a specialist science teacher. In addition, the school was in the process of applying to the Department for Education (DfE) for a material change to consider the suitability of new premises. During the inspection, the DfE acknowledged a change in proprietor, from Francis Ashcroft to Caroline Ashdown.

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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.

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