Bradfields Academy

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Post 16
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Churchill Avenue
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Bradfields Academy is a special school for pupils who have complex learning difficulties and disabilities. Pupils also have speech, language, sensory, physical and autistic spectrum conditions. It occupies a large site situated within a residential area of Chatham in Medway. Four years ago, the school re-designated to include the early years and key stages 1 and 2. This was to provide an additional 20 school places for pupils of this age. There are too few children in the early years to report on this part of the school separately, without identifying individual children. Provision for children in the early years is Inspection report: Bradfields Academy, 7–8 March 2017 Page 12 of 15 evaluated in each of the other sections of this report. The school also includes off-site provision at Strood Academy for pupils aged 11 to 16, known as Bradfields [email protected] Academy, which is nearly five miles from the main site. The provision provides inclusive opportunities for pupils who are academically and emotionally able to manage integration within a mainstream provision for part of their timetable. The principal is currently on secondment with the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) in his capacity as president of that association. In his absence, the school has been led by a guardian principal since May 2016. More boys than girls attend the school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage with a relatively small number of pupils of other ethnicities. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding is well above the national average. A much higher proportion of pupils are looked after by the local authority than is found nationally. The school is organised into four learning zones where most classes are taught by the stage of their learning. The blue zone, which extends across the schools five key stages and includes the early years, is for pupils whose primary need is autism. The yellow zone is for key stage 3 classes, the red zone is for key stage 4 classes and the green zone is for Years 12 to 14. The school uses alternative vocational courses off-site at Mid-Kent College and Hadlow College at different times during the week for key stage 4 pupils and post-16 students. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. Most pupils are referred to the school by Medway Council, but some are referred from neighbouring authorities. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.

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