James Brindley School at Ardenleigh provides education and excellent vocational training opportunities, supporting the young people, aged 12 to 19, towards their mental health recovery. Ultimately ensuring pupils not only succeed educationally, but develop independence and go on to lead a fulfilled life.

It is part of our philosophy at James Brindley that we derive strength from the multidisciplinary approach, with many of our interventions being delivered by a number of professional disciplines, in order to maximise positive outcomes for our young people.

Teaching takes place in the Centre for Learning, which is like a small school, within the Ardenleigh hospital. The Centre has been certified as a Quality of Autism Provision and provides education for up to 18 pupils.

After an initial assessment period each student will receive a bespoke educational pathway in both academic and vocational studies. There are nine subject specialist staff within the school, teaching a broad curriculum from entry level to A level.  Teaching takes place in small groups of no more than three and where necessary 1:1.

During their stay, pupils are assisted with planning for their life after discharge. Staff help with college applications and attending open days, preparation for interviews and support with pathways relating to apprenticeships or jobs.

Simon Lee
Ardenleigh Centre Leader