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Welcome to Brentwood, a special school and community college meeting the needs of young people with SLD, PMLD, autism and complex needs. We pride ourselves in being a caring and friendly organisation and believe that every student attending Brentwood will have the opportunity to develop and thrive in our supportive, nurturing school and college.


Our Vision

Brentwood is a happy, safe and inclusive school and college where students are valued and feel a sense of belonging. It is a place where students’ needs are met with care, empathy and understanding. Our vision is for all our students to gain the social, emotional and academic skills to facilitate optimum independence and happiness, and to reach their full potential as valued members of the community.


Our Values of Creativity, Compassion, Enthusiasm, Respect and Resilience underpin our curriculum.


We expect staff and students alike to work to promote our qualities of Effective communication, Collaboration, Positivity, Good humour, Listening and Integrity.


Brentwood provides state of the art provision including hydrotherapy, light room, soft play area, music and drama studio, PMLD suite, sensory garden, trampoline, food technology room, life-skills room, bike track with adapted bikes and extensive outdoor areas. Students also benefit from accessing our Forest School and horticulture areas.


At Brentwood we have high aspirations for all our learners and aim to ensure that we deliver a curriculum that provides cultural capital whilst promoting optimum independence to support students to achieve their outcomes for adulthood in preparation for moving on to their next destination.


Our students benefit from a wide-ranging therapy offer and we work with physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and music therapists. Our staff are trained to deliver Lego therapy and animal therapy. Our offer includes a total communication approach, supported by our Speech and Language therapists. Following appropriate assessment, students have opportunities for sensory integration throughout the day. In addition, we have strong multi-agency links to support our students with their holistic health and social care needs.

Students attending Brentwood school include children from our Trafford feeder special needs primary schools - Pictor, Delamere and The Orchards, as well as students from mainstream schools. Some students attend from neighbouring boroughs including Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire East.

Our curriculum has been developed around outcomes for adulthood with the aim of supporting our learners to develop skills and learning for life.  Our skills-based assessment system provides a structure for sequential learning recognising the small steps of progress students make towards their individual targets.


Staff at Brentwood are highly trained and skilled in specialisms to support our learners including: behaviour management, sensory regulation, literacy (Read Write Inc), communication and work-related learning. We follow an individualised approach and students are supported through a range of personalised strategies including behaviour plans, communication and sensory passports, risk assessments and eating and drinking plans.


As a Manchester United Hub School, we widely promote physical activity to support students with their health and wellbeing, and our SEND Officer provides a wide range of exciting opportunities to engage students in health and fitness activities.