Ifield School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Cedar Avenue
DA12 5JT
4 - 19
Foundation special school
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School Description

Ifield School is a special school for children and young people with profound, severe and complex needs. Almost half of all pupils have a diagnosis of autism, and speech and language difficulties; some have complex medical needs. Almost all pupils are admitted from nurseries and maintained schools from across the county. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The majority of pupils are from White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from ethnic minority heritages is just above average, and the proportion of the pupils who speak English as an additional language is just below average, with a few at the early stages of learning English. The majority of pupils are boys. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (those eligible for free school meals, those in care and those with a parent or carer in the armed services) is above average. Nine pupils are looked after by Kent or other local authorities and there are no pupils in the school who are from service families. All Year 7 pupils are eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium. A small proportion of pupils across the school are involved with the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as a result of their behavioural needs. The sixth form is based at North West Kent College (URN 130725) and nursery-aged children attend The King’s Farm Nursery (URN 118585), both being taught by Ifield staff. The college and the nursery are subject to separate inspection arrangements and their reports can be found at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk. The school works with many different bodies and organisations, including the Gravesham Learning Partnership, Thamesview School, Hadlow College, and the Challenger Troop. In 2012, the local authority devolved the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) to 12 special schools in Kent, of which Ifield currently manages two districts. Since this time, Ifield staff have strengthened outreach services in partnership with other schools by providing specialist staff training and resources through SMILE (Supporting Multi-Professional Inclusive Learning and Education) based at the school, for 36 Gravesham schools. It also leads on research and development in the training of new teachers in partnership with two universities. The school does not enter pupils early for public examinations. The school is located on an attractive and spacious nine acre site. There is also a six acre managed woodland area off site that provides a stimulating outside classroom. The school was designated a National Support School in May 2013.The headteacher is a National Leader in Education (NLE) and one of the assistant headteachers is a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE). The senior leadership team responsibilities have recently been reconfigured, following the promotion of one its members.

Ifield School Catchment Area Map

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

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 areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  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.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  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.

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