Abbey Court Foundation Special School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
PUPILS
190
AGES
3 - 19
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community special school

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Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(14/9/17)
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95%
NATIONAL AVG. 93%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

6.2:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
23.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
22.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.9%
Pupils first language
not English
32.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.8%
Free school meals
Rede Court Road
Strood
Rochester
ME2 3SP
01634338220

School Description

Abbey Court is based on two sites, some 12 miles apart. The Rainham site provides for Early Years Foundation Stage, infants and juniors. The Strood site provides for secondary and students aged 16 to 19. Currently, the school has more than its official capacity of 150 places. Pupils have severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties as their main need. Some have additional needs such as visual impairment, hearing or sensory impairment, severe autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and physical disability. A few have life threatening medical conditions. All have statements of special educational needs. The school continues to experience a shift in the complexity of levels of need, including severe challenging behaviours. A minority of pupils require a minimum of full time one-to-one staff support to meet their needs. Currently, the large majority of pupils are boys and most are of White British heritage. A few have English as an additional language. The proportion known to be eligible for the pupil premium (extra money provided to schools by the government for students looked after by the local authority and for those eligible for free school meals) is well above the national average. The school has specialist school status for cognition and learning and has gained numerous awards for different aspects of its work and provision. Most recently, it has received the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its involvement in global activities.

Abbey Court Foundation Special School Parent Reviews



90% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 24% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 67% Agree 24% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>67, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 62% Agree 33% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>62, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 67% Agree 24% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 5% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>67, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 67% Agree 33% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>67, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 57% Agree 14% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 10% Don't Know 14% {"strongly_agree"=>57, "agree"=>14, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>14} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 62% Agree 24% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 5% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>62, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 48% Agree 19% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 33% {"strongly_agree"=>48, "agree"=>19, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>33} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 76% Agree 14% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 5% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>76, "agree"=>14, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 76% Agree 14% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 10% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>76, "agree"=>14, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 19% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 5% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>19, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017
Yes 90% No 10% {"yes"=>90, "no"=>10} Figures based on 21 responses up to 16-12-2017

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