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Bruern Abbey is the only preparatory school in the country to have as its main purpose the preparation of boys with learning difficulties aged 8 to 13 years for Common Entrance and other entrance examinations to mainstream independent senior schools.

In September 2022 the school extended its specialist provision with the opening of the senior school for boys aged 13 – 16. Click here to learn more.

Boarding school for boys

“I can honestly guarantee that if you send your son to Bruern it will be a decision that you never regret. For me and my son it has been life changing and amazing to see him happy and enjoying education for the first time in years.”

Current parent


“Bruern Abbey is a truly unique school, offering dyslexic boys a place to grow in confidence and ability within a warm and nurturing environment.”

Current parent

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“Bruern has had a remarkably positive effect on my son. Amazingly positive atmosphere.”

Current parent

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“Strong pastoral care to strengthen boys self belief. Strong academic structure geared to specialist needs of boys collectively and individually. A place to make treasured memories.”

Current parent

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Head's welcome

The School’s raison d’être is to prepare boys, who have dyslexia or some other form of learning difficulty, for Common Entrance to major British public schools.

Learning difficulties should not preclude academic success.

We provide a tailored education in beautiful surroundings and maintain high expectations for the academic future. We aim to enhance boys’ self-esteem, in the firm belief that confidence is the key to academic success.

John Floyd, Headteacher

Why Bruern Abbey?

The key differences between Bruern and other preparatory schools are essentially fourfold. All boys come to Bruern with a laptop, which is used in most lessons. 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, with nine periods each of English and Mathematics a week.

All junior classes have eleven pupils or fewer and senior classes have twelve pupils or fewer – allowing boys more individual attention in class. Boys are rarely taken out for remedial support, as their needs are met in class.

We are steadfast in the teaching of those traditional values which are dear to us all, and we place an emphasis on good manners and self-discipline and encourage boys to share their aspirations and their anxieties.