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About our Academy

Brook Academy provides an ambitious and supportive curriculum for young people across Key Stage 3 and 4, with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH) as a primary. The secondary needs can be linked to Autism spectrum condition (ASC), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or speech language and communication needs (SLCN), severe trauma, Attachment Disorder.  Brook Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum through first class facilities and resources aimed at ensuring all the students have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and progress against the outcomes in their Education Health Care Plans (EHCP’s).

The specialist school provides pathways for learning for the young people, based upon their needs, to help them address any issues, which affect their learning and personal growth. 

 The curriculum model we follow is the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ .We focus education/employment, Health, community inclusion and independent skills.  In addition to providing education, the aim and purpose of the provision is to support pupils address their emotional, behavioural and physical difficulties, which affect their development, and to help them develop resilience and self-belief. This is driven by our core values of Promote; Respect; Include; Nurture; and, Innovate.

Our ethos is reflected through developing strong relationships with pupils, parents, carers, local community and professional agencies to ensure we meet the holistic needs of each young person. In recognising that our young people’s needs do not disappear during school holidays we offer wrap around support for all our pupils and their families. 

We recognise that many of our young people will have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) and often early childhood trauma, as well as negative experiences in their education and schooling before they reach Brook Academy. This provision is based on trauma informed practise and a strong focus on nurture, including using Nurture Approach practises throughout the teaching and learning.

We will ensure all students receive a robust and comprehensive transitional programme in moving from the provision back into mainstream provision, including Further Education College or Apprenticeships and the world of work. All students will move on successfully into further learning or work based courses.