Kingsmead School

Special school
Bridge Street
11 - 16
Community special school
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Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support

School Description

Kingsmead School is a small special school that forms part of a larger integrated provision for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Pupils from the special school are taught alongside those from the pupil referral unit on all six sites. Pupils are taught individually or in small groups. The two provisions function as one, sharing the same teaching staff, administrative staff, senior leadership team and governing body. Some of the special school pupils have been on the pupil referral unit’s roll before joining the special school roll. Since the last inspection, the special school roll has continued to expand. Almost all pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. An increasing proportion has learning needs in addition to their social, emotional and mental health difficulties. These include moderate learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. The vast majority of pupils enter with behavioural difficulties and have been permanently excluded from mainstream and special schools. Most have had a much disrupted education and have missed considerable schooling. A small but increasing number of pupils enter the school in Year 7. Most pupils arrive at any point during their secondary education, sometimes as late as Year 11. The vast majority of pupils are boys. A few are from ethnic minority backgrounds with an increasing number of those pupils speaking English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority) is very high. The school and pupil referral unit manage access to a range of alternative providers through a service called Junction 16 for its own pupils and a group of schools across the city of Derby. The quality of these provisions are assured through a rigorously agreed process. Kingsmead pupils have access to a wide range of providers which include Access Construction, Baby People, Engineered Learning, The Island, Hair and Beauty, Skillforce, The YMCA, G-Music, CAST, Deda, After Rock and Acclimbatize. Inspection report: Kingsmead School, 5–6 May 2016 6 of 8 The school runs an outreach service supporting children who are looked after by the local authority on the Enhanced Care Programme, and those under the care of the Royal Derby Hospital on Puffin Ward.

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