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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


Our SEN Offer

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Complaints Policy

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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.

The Youth Fire Team is an engagement course is based at Rochdale Fire Station.  It offers students an opportunity to engage practically in learning new skills and to achieve either an Award or Certificate in ASDAN Pre-Uniform Services which is recognised by colleges throughout the North West.

The course is built around a working fire station and the students have an opportunity to work with qualified and experience fire men and women, experiencing what a working fire station looks like.

The course looks at using fire hoses and correct handling and fitting, putting fires out, first aid, team building, health and safety, PPE and communication skills.

The course also offers the students training in Heart Start, for which they will received a separate qualification.  The students will also do a presentation demonstrating these learning skills on evening in front of family and friends.

Darnhill RACE Day, 15th March 2017

Instead of a Science Demo Day this year, Darnhill Site had a RACE day, that's 'ROBOTICS AND CODING EXPERIENCE' Day.

Throughout the day, groups of pupils from both primary and secondary came to the Science room, where they tried out a range of activities, including programming a robot, making electronic circuits and using block coding to programme BBC Microbit computers.

Network Manager Peter Heywood and year 9 students, Aiden and Simeon, together with Connor from year 10 provided expertise and advice throughout the day. 

The morning sessions were attended by children from Stars 1 and Satellite, who listened carefully to instructions and were keen to try out everything.  The young people all worked together, helping each other solve problems and demonstrating patience and persistence as they sorted out why this or that did not work; even the youngest pupil was able to explain to adults what they were doing. 

In the afternoon session we were joined by three school governors who were very impressed with the technical know-how on display and the buzz of enthusiasm that filled the room.

Next term we plan to start an after-school club for anyone who wants to develop their interest and skills in these areas of technology.  Please speak to Barbara Adamson, our Science Guru for more information.

Wednesday, 5th April 2017

1.00pm till 2.00pm

at our Darnhill Site, Sutherland Road, Heywood, OL10 3PY

Please see poster below for details of how you can help..

Click to open the file easter eggstravaganser parent invite 2017

As part of our careers week, at our Darnhill Site, we had the police arrange a Road Safety day for pupils from a number of different schools around Heywood. 

The schools were Our Lady's and St Pauls, Darnhill Site, St Margaret's and Building Blocks Day Nursery. 

There were a number of different units from Greater Manchester Police, who came along to speak to our children and allow them to sit in the police cars, hold the firearms, see a working police dog and try on the police helmets.  The police helicopter also landed on the field at Darnhill to surprise our children. 

Whilst the pupils were they, they were able to have a look around a McDonald's refrigerated truck and they were all given a goody bag of McDonald's toys to take home.

Our local PCSO also arranged for a couple of celebrities and a Manchester Giants player to visit the Darnhill Site so our students could speak to them about their careers.

All of our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. 

Please see the link below to view the article on Rochdale Online.


Here are some photos from the day



'Rochdale Parent Carers Voice'

'Rochdale Parent Carers Voice' is a voluntary organisation who work with service providers, health, education -  just about anyone who wants to - in order to bring about positive change in the borough of Rochdale for families.

They give parents a whole host of information around support for children with additional needs or disabilities, provide training, drop in sessions, etc.

The poster below gives details of the 2 monthly sessions held at the 'Rochdale Parent Carers Voice' base.

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Please see below, information on a table top sale at T.O.P.S Business Centre on 25th March 2017 to support and raise funds for Heywood in Bloom

Everyone is Welcome

Rochdale SENDiass Drop In session’s


At: Meanwood Sure Start Centre, Churchill St , Rochdale,
OL12 7DJ. First Thursday of every month


For Families to Drop in for a tea or coffee in a relaxed
setting and speak in confidence to other parents and impartial professionals
from Rochdale SENDiass (previously Parent Partnership)

Click to open the file drop in poster may-july 2017 - sendia

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.
News and Events
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Groundbreaking new achievement for BLC students

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Fun at the Fair! 

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