Bredon School'': Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Bredon School'': Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


Independent Boarding School UK
Bredon School is an independent mainstream day and residential school  for boys and girls of all abilities from 7 to 18 years old. The school has a specialism for helping children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and  associated Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) and Social and Communication Needs achieve their potential. Bredon School could be considered as a boarding special school and is CReSTeD accredited and hold designated DU (Dyslexia Unit) status.  This is also boarding school for international students and welcomes learners from the local area, the wider UK and from overseas. Class sizes (average between  6-12) are small with high staff to student ratios.

All pupils benefit from multi-sensory teaching, including access to a School Farm where students learn basic animal care and help to feed the livestock and maintain the estate. Younger pupils have the opportunity to learn outdoors also, on the School Farm and in the dedicated woodland classroom, learning basic bush craft skills and understanding more about nature and habitats.

A wide-ranging curriculum includes practical vocational courses such as BTECs in catering & hospitality and engineering, as well as GCSE and A Level choices. Bredon also benefits from having its own onsite CISCO academy which teaches programming and networking skills suited to those looking for technical ICT careers in the future.

This boarding school alongside the traditional academic subjects offers strong focus on practical and hands-on learning. An array of extra curricular activities, including drama, the arts and music, cookery, outdoor education trips, a Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, clay and air rifle shooting, climbing, canoeing and traditional team sports, means every student finds an area in which to shine.

Like at special boarding schools support services are provided: Speech and Language Therapy  and Occupational Therapy.

The school prepares its students for success at the next stage, whether that is college, university or employment. The school’s alumni include several notable successes, including an English National Hunt Jockey, an RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden designer and a UK-based restaurateur.
As a top UK Boarding school offers a full boarding arrangement, which includes weekends, flexi boarding or day boarding, which enables day students to stay at school until 7pm to complete their prep/join an activity and have supper.

Children are welcome to board at Bredon from the age of 9 years old.

Based in enviable surroundings in rural Gloucestershire, Bredon’s facilities include an ’84 acre outdoor classroom’, incorporating a working school farm, a forest school, a climbing tower, a clay shooting ground and numerous sports pitches, all used to help build confidence and self-esteem.

Nearest airport Birmingham 64 km away.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 18 73 91
Day School: 30 90 120
Year of foundation: 1962
Some history: “While qualifications represent an important destination, the educational process by which that destination is reached is equally, if not more, important.” Lt Col Sharp

Bredon School opened in September 1962 with 17 pupils, with its main focus on providing a public school education for boys who had failed the Common Entrance Examination. It was established by Lt-Col Tony Sharp and Hugh Jarrett.

From the beginning, developing self-discipline and self-confidence was part of the Bredon package. Leadership and teamwork skills were reinforced through expeditions based around a tumbledown cottage owned by the Sharps in the Brecon Beacons.
Col Sharp’s approach was ahead of its time in many ways. One achievement of which he was particularly proud was that it was the first independent school to be officially recognised by the then Department of Education as offering special provision for dyslexic children. 

In 1982 the School extended its admissions to boys aged 11 and in 1989 it extended admissions further to seven-year-olds, whilst becoming co-educational boarding school at the same time. In September 2011 the School established a Reception and Years 1/2 class.  

The School became part of the Cavendish Education group in December 2014, which has a number of other specialist day and boarding schools in the UK. 
Campus size and facilities: Boarding school accommodation is provided in both historic Pull Court and in specially-designed boarding houses. 

All boarding areas are well staffed and equipped with a games room, reading room, TV and video lounge, a kitchen and a tuck shop. Pupils are encouraged to display personal items, such as photographs and posters. Senior boarding school pupils are allocated their own individual work stations. 
Specialist facilities: school farm, forest school, CISCO Academy,  sports fields.
Accreditations: Bredon is independent coeducational  boarding school from Key Stage 2, through to Sixth Form. 

Staff of Bredon School fully understand that the way in which each child develops in those subjects is different. Some may learn best in a classroom setting, others will learn through exploration; still others will gain tremendously from the performing arts or from their growing sporting prowess.

The school provides a full curriculum of both academic and vocational subjects at GCSE and Advanced level including:
Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Visual and Peforming Arts (Music, art and drama)
Media Studies (television, film, radio, photography, popular music, printed materials, books, comics, magazines, press and co)
Business Studies,
Technology: Resistant Materials and Engineering, 
Religious Education, 

This school is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Bredon is CReSTeD-accredited and holds designated DSP (Dyslexia Specialist Provision) status. 

Tel: +44 20 30 269 440

Contact school: contact-us


Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: £6,950 - £10,250

About the school

Long description:

The Access Centre is an integral part of life at Bredon School. 

Boarding School' s Access Centre offers a wide variety of provision to pupils. Those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia are offered small group withdrawal from non-core subjects, for literacy, numeracy, occupational therapy and speech and language. Other pupils are offered in-class support or a combination of both withdrawal and support in-class. 

The team of 3 SENCOs work closely together to support the individual needs of pupils. There are nine SpLD qualified members of staff who teach within the department. This is further supported by a team of experienced Teaching Assistants who provide quality support within the classroom environment. 

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

There is a commitment by the School that all pupils are taught in a dyslexia friendly format using a variety of multi-sensory techniques, further supported by assistive technology wherever possible.

Pupils are placed in sets according to their understanding rather than their literacy level.
Every effort is made to provide a bespoke program for all students enabling them to achieve their full potential. In KS4 and KS5 access to GCSEs and A Levels is encouraged while the School also offers a more vocational pathway, including our award winning long term work experience program.

The Sixth Form Boarding School is part of the Senior School at Bredon, but has a strong identity of its own.
The years spent in our Sixth Form are primarily designed to help students make the transition from the tightly structured life of a school child to the freedom and responsibility of life as an adult.
Under the guidance of their tutors, Bredon’s Sixth-Formers enjoy extra privileges, such as no longer having to wear a uniform, access to a separate activity and events programme, a dedicated Sixth Form centre and social areas, as well as dedicated art rooms and galleries.
They are also actively encouraged to take more responsibility for themselves, planning their own studies, sports, charity projects and social events.

Dorm Facilities:

Boarding School Accommodation:

One person leads a team of dedicated houseparents who take primary responsibility for the boarders assigned to them. 
The houseparents are supported by many other staff, including the Resident Matron, and are responsible for the children’s care and welfare. 

Dress code: Formal

Academic life

Student/teacher ratio: 7:1

Average class size: 6-12



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