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Brownhill Learning Community


Brownhill Learning Community comprises of Brownhill School and Rochdale Pupil Referral Service. We provide educational provision for pupils who are out of mainstream schools for a variety of reasons that include exclusion, emotional and behavioural difficulties, medical reasons, pregnancy and young mothers.

We operate across three sites around the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough. Heights Lane is formerly Brownhill School located near to the centre of Rochdale. Darnhill Site is located in Darnhill, Heywood. Year 11 Centre is located in Belfield, Rochdale.

We believe in a Learning Community where everyone feels valued, included and achieves and we aim to create a nurturing environment.

Link to Rochdale's SEND Local Offer Website


Complaints Policy

Click to open the file complaints policy sep 16

Parent Forum

Friday, 10th February 2017 we will be holding our second Parent Forum meeting at our Heights Lane Site.  the Parent Forum is open to all BLC Parents and Carers.

We have a guest speaker from School Health - a school nurse - Janet who willbe discussing Healthy Living, Healthy Lifestyle, food and nutrition.

The Parent Forum will run from 12noon until 2.00pm.  There will be light refreshments available and will be held in our conference room.

The address for Heights Lane Site is below:

Heights Lane Site

Heights Lane



OL12 0PZ

Jackie Robinson will be running this, if you have any queries or if you would like to attend this Forum, then please do not hesitate to give her a call on (0300) 303 8384.


if you are a parent/carer of, or work alongside a child, young person or family who may have any form of 'additional need', a diagnosis or a disability please take a look at attached letter and poster.

We need as many parents./carers to come along as possible, and give us their opinions on how they would like Rochdale LA's support and information website (Local Offer) to look like and what they wish us to include amongst the wide variety or information.

We will be re-designing the Local Offer soon and need as much input as possible!!

Thank you in advance for all your help, it is much appreciated.

On Friday, 18th November 2016, Primary's Got Talent arrived at Darnhill Site.  We had various students taking part, showing off their amazing talents.

We had lots of amazing talents and great pupil participation.

Cup Extrordinare, Minions dancing, Ruler Flipper, Card Tricks, Singing, Mind Games, and of course, the amazing 'Spice Girls' performed by our Primary staff.

On Thursday, 10th November 2016, a group of our Year 8 students fro m Darnhill Site in the McBride's Enterprise Challenge, held at the Norton Grange Hotel.

They had a very exciting and interesting day designing their own hand travel wash.

As a group they designed and made posters, flyers and post cards to sell it to the public.  During the afternoon, the group had to go up in front of a panel of judges and other school groups, that were taking part.  T

hey were very brave, Well Done!

Darnhill Site, Primary group Stars 2, went to the Cherwell Centre, Heywood, on Friday, 18th November 2016, to the petting farm to have a look at all the different animals inside and outside.

Some of our younger members were able to stroke the pigs, say hello to the chickens and ducks, and also see if they could find the hibernating chipmunks.

They also had the chance to hold snakes, lizards, a tortoise, chicken and rabbits

At our Darnhill Site, the Primary groups, have been learning about the importance of Remembrance Day. 

They have been learning about the history surrounding this important day and why the nation falls silent to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. 

They have been learning about poppies, wreaths, the world war's and on Friday, 11th November 2016, they were involved in a special assembly all about 11th November.

After this, they joined in games, such as scrabble, cards,  snakes and ladders, wreath making and also playing football, as it was in the war.

All pupils fully enjoyed the day taking part in all the different activities.

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

The Welfare Team decided on this trip to celebrate with some of our families on their success and positive changes.

three families, myself and Jackie enjoyed our evening in Blackpool, chippy tea at our usual venue, drive through the illuminations and a little shopping for Rock and treats.

We then drove a little further for our 'photo shoot' before returning home safe and sound.

One of my students had her 16th birthday that day and at the end of the night she said "
I had a brilliant birthday celebrating with you all in Blackpool"

Great evening had by all!

Paula Winnick
School Counsellor

Here are some photos of our evening:

Quarterly Guide to Heywood Township Events and Activities

produced by Rochdale Borough Council's Township Team

Click to open the file Heywood Township Events Guide Autumn 2016 v2

Click on the red file below to read information about the work being undertaken to support and improve services for families both locally and nationally.
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