Welcome to Briarwood School



Briarwood School is based on 3 sites across East-Central Bristol and is made up of Briarwood Infants, Juniors, Secondary, Sixth Form and The Nexus (a specialist centre for pupils with Behaviours that challenge).


Briarwood is committed to providing high quality education, care and life experiences for children and young people aged 3-19 with Severe and Profound Learning Difficulties, Complex Needs, Autism and Sensory Impairments.


They prioritise individualised learning and work in a multi-professional team which includes, therapists, specialist staff and other support services.

Vision and purpose



Briarwood’s vision is to develop best practice in everything they do and be responsive and innovative within their community, Bristol, nationally and internationally.


They aim to engage fully in collaboration, training, development and support everyone to be the best they can be.


Their purpose is:


  • To educate and inspire.
  • To have fun in order to enlighten curiosity and a love for learning in our pupils. To laugh, to learn, to succeed.
  • To support pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will support them to succeed throughout their lives.


Learn more about Briarwood's values

Briarwood’s values



Briarwood’s values are that every pupil should enjoy what they are doing, engage with their learning and learn to the best of their ability.




Briarwood offer many different types of training and support.


Their training covers topics such as:


  • What is Autism
  • Belonging in SEND
  • SEND Curriculum
  • Developing a careers curriculum from the early years to Post 16
  • Diversity and SEND
  • Phonics for pupils with SEND – pre-reading skills level 1
  • Phonics for pupils with SEND – Stages 2 – 6
  • Positive behaviour support – Working with a model of Positive behaviour support
  • Positive Behaviour support – Introduction
  • Positive Behaviour support – Implementing
  • Sensory Processing
  • Team Teach
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health for pupils with SEND


Learn more about Briarwood's training opportunities





Queen Ann Road, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 9TX




Briar Way, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 4EA

Briarwood Secondary


Snowdon Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2HD

Briarwood Sixth Form


Briar Way, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 4EA

Briarwood Nexus Centre


Snowdon Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2HD

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If you would like more information about working with Briarwood School, get in touch today.