Bruern Prep School is well-established as the only prep school in the country that caters exclusively for boys diagnosed with learning difficulties. Located just over an hour from London and 15 minutes from Oxford, the school provides 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 and Senior School:
- The Junior School is for boys aged 8 - 11 (National Curriculum Years 4 to 6)
- The Senior School is for boys aged 12 and 13 (National Curriculum Years 7 and 8)
The Junior School runs a skills-based curriculum. What this means in practice is that the focus of lessons is far more on 'how to do' rather than factual learning.
This is crucial in bringing boys' literacy and numeracy skills up to speed and hence why we have twice as many English and Maths lessons as a standard prep school would for all our juniors, coupled with having two teachers in each class for these key subjects.
Historically it is so often these core skills that have hindered boys from both comprehending the work being studied and showing their potential.
On top of these two subjects boys are taught the following subjects to give breadth and variety to their curriculum.
- Religious Studies
- Design and Technology