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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


Our SEN Offer

Click to open the file our offer send provision at the blc 1

Complaints Policy

Click to open the file complaints policy sep 16

New Uniform Policy

Click to open the file 17- school uniform policy

New Term Dates - 2017-2018

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Parent Carer Information Day

Date: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Time: 10am till 2pm, 3pm till 7pm

This day is free and no booking is required.  There will be performances, seminars, workshops & stalls running throughout the day - full of information, advice, guidance and support for families.  It is also a great opportunity for school staff and professionals to meet one another so ALL ARE WELCOME to attend at any point during the day!!

We would like to make this an annual event, so you're help in supporting this is crucial as we need as many parents to participate as we possibly can.

Staff Holders include:

  • SEN Assessment Team
  • Positive Steps
  • SENDiass
  • Barnardo's
  • SureStart Centres
  • Community Eye Service
  • Newlands
  • Springside
  • School Nursing
  • Rochdale Carers Hub
  • West Health Visiting Team
  • Pennine Care NHS
  • Early Years Key Workers
  • Area SENCO's
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Occupational Therapy Team
  • Outreach
  • All RANS Teams - ACS, Visual Impairment, Communication Aids, Physical Disabilities
  • Short Breaks Childminders
  • Carers Trust Crossroads Care
  • Enlightening
  • Home Start
  • Link4Life
  • Rainbow Scent
  • Skylight Arts
  • Sportsworks
  • Redwood - Youth Factor
  • Rochdale Youth Service
  • Young Carers
  • Contact A Family
  • Fire Prevention Team
  • Early Break Family Services
  • Guides Dogs
  • Henshaws
  • Parent Carers Voice
  • Thinking Ahead
  • Children with Disabilities Team
  • Local Offer

Please see the promotional material below:

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Online Safety Briefing

Please see document below - some information and guidance on the implications of allowing you child to play online games

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Royal Exchange Theatre Group

Over the last six months, a group of students from the BLC have been attending every Friday after school. They have been taking part in some mini projects that have been funded and organised by the Royal Exchange Theatre Company.

The students have engaged with other students from across the borough of Rochdale.  They have been working with professional people from the arts world to find out about their community, dreams, hopes and aspirations whilst building a strong bond for the arts.  The project first started at Vintage Work based at the cafe in Falinge Park but has recently moved to Touchstones in Rochdale town centre.

The group meet up at 3.00pm until 5.00pm every Friday.

The students have been to see various plays at the Royal Exchange Theatre, e.g. Twelfth Night, Supplicant Woman & A Space Between Us.
They have been to see a production at Touchstones called Mixed Grill.  Some of our students have never been on a train or even visited Manchester so that in itself has been an experience let alone seeing these fantastic plays that have been funded by the Royal Exchange.

They have worked with an artist for four weeks doing Spoken Word and produced some amazing work.  The students did a joint piece of art, working on a blank canvas, this was with other students from various schools from the Borough, but due to the commitment of our BLC students it was decided that the BLC was to be given the joint piece of art work to be displayed at our Darnhill Site, and is currently housed in our conference room.

Jackie Robinson
Community Development Worker


Veterans in Communities

Please find attached information received from Veterans In
Communities about the services available to all veterans, serving personnel and
their families

Click to open the file vic newsletter - april 2017

Recipe for success: Schools awarded for healthy meals

Our Cook at Brownhill School / Heights Lane Site, Anna Bodych, has been has been awarded the 'Excellence' award, which is the top rating for the school meals catering from the Greater Manchester Healthy Catering Awards.

The 'Excellence' award certifies that the schools are leading the way in offering a range of food and drinks to their pupils that are lower in saturated fat, trans fats, sugar and salt.

They also offer a portion of fruit or vegetables every day, actively promote the healthier options and hold a level 5 food hygiene rating in the kitchen.

The award winning schools with the Mayor of Rochdale and lead officers from Rochdale Borough Council.

Schools in the borough of Rochdale have been commended for their commitment towards providing and promoting healthier food options to their pupils.

10 primary schools from across the borough have achieved the top rating for their school meals catering from the Greater Manchester Healthy Catering Awards.

'This will go a long way to tackling childhood obesity'

The schools' catering teams and head teachers attended an award ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall on Friday, 12 May 2017.

'We're providing them with important lifestyle advice that they can take with them throughout their lives'

The awards were set up to help catering businesses, including restaurants, pubs, takeaways, cafes, shops and schools, provide healthier options in a bid to reduce levels of heart disease, obesity, type-2 diabetes and some cancers in Greater Manchester.

'Providing a healthy and balanced school meal is vitally important to ensure children lead healthy, happy lives.'

It is hoped that all primary schools in the borough will achieve the excellence award by 2020.

Mark Widdup, Rochdale Borough Council's director of neighbourhoods, said: "Providing a healthy and balanced school meal is vitally important to ensure children can grow, develop and lead healthy, happy lives. Schemes such as these will go a long way to tackling childhood obesity so I would like to urge every school in the borough to do their part in promoting healthy eating."


One of our Primary Students, based at our Darnhill Site, wrote a beautiful letter to our Head Teacher asking permission for the primary pupils to be allowed to wear summer dresses, with the weather getting warmer.

Kate read the letter and agreed for the primary girls to be allowed to wear dresses if they wanted to.

The summer dresses were chosen by Sienna.

As a class, Moon have studied a variety of different artists.  They then chose an artist to base their work on and planned out some pieces to create.  They then experimented with different techniques and made different pieces or artwork.  This has been the basis of their work towards unit 11 for ASDAN COPE.

Moon then ran an exhibition of their work for the school and governors.  They provided tea/coffee, juice and biscuits to the pupils and any visitors who came in to look at their artwork.  This was also part of their work towards the ASDAN course. 

They enjoyed showing off their work and eating the left over cakes and biscuits :-)  Please see some pictures of their brilliant art work below.

News and Events
Science Club

A group of pupils and their parents / carers recently took part in a science club at the Darnhill Site.  ...Read more
BLC Anti-Bullying Films

The two films that you are about to watch were made almost entirely by our students, with only the minimal amount of help from the Youth Team.  From initial ideas...Read more
Groundbreaking new achievement for BLC students

On October 25th at approximately 4pm 4 tired but happy BLC students achieved what no other BLC students have achieved before... they completed their Duke...Read more
Fun at the Fair! 

The 2016 Spring Fair was just as successful as those before it.   Staff, students, parents, carers and members of the wider BLC community all came together to embrace...Read more
Homeless Project

During a meeting at Number One Riverside, Rochdale we came across a former student who had unfortunately been kicked out of his home and was going to the council to seek accommodation. ...Read more
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.