Mr Chris Liles, Headteacher of Brannel School

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education” – Martin Luther King Jr

This is one of my favourite quotes about education from a truly inspirational leader. It is a value that all staff and students at Brannel hold central to all that we do.  We recognise that outcomes are important and we continue to attain excellent GCSE results for all of our students, but there is so much more to each student’s education than a grade can ever tell.  We are passionate about education and believe that creativity, assessing risk and reward, problem-solving, invention and collaboration are all central themes in a progressive teaching and learning environment and are skills and capacities that our children will need if they are to thrive in the future.

“Brannel School is a thriving, caring school with huge expectations” – parent

Brannel School has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for its caring approach and inclusive ethos which encourages, supports and develops students of all abilities – from those with specific learning difficulties right through to the most Able, Gifted and Talented. We strive to help each and every one of our students to be the best that they can be and recognise there are lots ways to succeed and many different ways to get there. As a truly mixed comprehensive with specialist provision for students with physical disabilities, we enable children and young people of all abilities to succeed. I do not believe that a high standard of care and academic excellence are mutually exclusive.  My personal philosophy is that focusing on each and every individual’s needs enables them to flourish, the climate for learning to be enhanced, the whole school community to grow and the outcomes to continue upwards.

We have a strong set of values that underpin our daily business. We believe that whatever the future may hold, kindness, respect, tolerance, a sense of humour and service to others will always be the hallmarks of a happy and progressive society and we strive to engender these values within our students.  This is only achievable by working in partnership with our parents as it is together that we enable our students to flourish into what they each have the potential to be.  The real strength of our school is summed up in this comment from one of our parents…

“The building is stunning but it’s the people who make Brannel so special” – parent

The contribution of the local community is very important to us all and as a school, we are always interested in and influenced by the views of our parents and the local community. The  Local Governing Body and I remain committed to ensuring our school is a valued part of the community and continues to provide the highest educational standards.

For any parent or carer considering applying for a place at Brannel School we would strongly encourage you to see us at work, to meet with students and staff, and to become part of our emerging success story. I am always happy to offer prospective students and their parents a tour of the school. Please do not hesitate to contact the school to arrange a tour.

Together I truly believe we can provide the safe, happy and inspirational learning environment that will give our young people the platform they need to flourish and become the successful, happy young adults of whom we can all be justly proud.  I look forward to working with you.