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Aurora Brambles

Aurora Brambles is an independent specialist day school, offering personalised academic and therapeutic support to young people aged 9-16 who face various challenges associated with social, emotional and mental health needs.

For more information please see Brambles prospectus (external link)

Aurora Woodlands School

Specialist education and therapeutic provision in a calm, nurturing environment, for boys aged 10-19 with additional social, emotional and mental health needs.

For more information please see Woodlands Prospectus (external link)

School address: Aurora Woodlands School, Holly Tree Cl, Darwen, BB3 2NG. 

Aurora Keyes Barn School

At Aurora Keyes Barn, we provide personalised, specialist education for boys aged 5-12 who face challenges associated with additional social, emotional or mental health needs.

We offer a nurturing and safe environment in which each of our pupils can learn and express themselves, supported by skilled staff who understand their needs.

For more information please see Barn Prospectus (external link)

School address: Aurora Keyes Barn School, Station Road, Salwick, Lancashire, PR4 0YH

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jemma Bowen
Contact Position
Business Development manager
07776 956841

Where to go

Venue address
159 Longmeanygate
PR26 7TB

Our Facilities

Situated in a semi-rural location just outside of the small town of Leyland, Aurora Brambles makes extensive use of both on-site and local facilities to enrich learning experiences.

Our school is housed across two buildings and has a range of learning spaces and classrooms, including those resourced specifically for computing, science, art, music, food technology and sports.

Students have access to ‘anytime, anywhere’ learning on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as well as personal laptops and a large interactive screen in each class. 

Elsewhere on the school site, our students enjoy use of a private wooded area, a multi-use outdoor games area and a number of gardens, which are used for both relaxation and for our Horticultural Studies programme.

Other Details


Age Ranges
9-16 years old

Local Offer


Our Curriculum

We offer a unique curriculum based around the core subjects of Maths, English, Science and Computing, alongside a range of foundation subjects selected to provide a balanced, well-rounded education for life. Embedded within the curriculum are a range of ‘life skills’ development opportunities, to fulfil our students’ social and emotional needs and to help them achieve independence. 

Our classes are organised according to each student’s needs and abilities, identified through regular assessment and monitoring. We also consider social and emotional factors when establishing classes, to ensure an optimum fit between different members of the group. Some of our students may follow a bespoke learning pathway taking into account their prior attainment, their ability to engage, and any other specific barriers to learninFor those who require additional academic support, we offer small-group interventions focusing on achievable targets that can be applied back in the classroom.

We also provide support in reading, writing and numeracy through specialist intervention.

We have our own Special Educational Needs and Disability coordinator, weekly access to the services of a Clinical Psychologist, and a full-time Assistant Psychologist on site.


Regardless of the level of a young person’s starting point when they arrive at Aurora Brambles, we support them to gain appropriate and meaningful qualifications and skills in line with their abilities and interests.

We currently offer GCSEs in Maths, English Language, English Literature, Science, History and Statistics, and functional skills in Maths, English and ICT. Additional courses provide accreditation in PSHE, PE, Humanities and Art. 

Students wishing to pursue a vocational route can gain BTEC (or equivalent Level 1 and 2) qualifications in the following areas:

  • Motor Mechanics
  • Construction
  • Sports Studies
  • Horticulture
  • Land-based Management
  • Food Technology
  • Catering and Hospitality
Contact Name
Jemma Bowen
Contact Telephone
07776 956841
Contact Email
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