St Nicholas' School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Holm Oak Close
Nunnery Fields
Canterbury
CT1 3JJ
01227464316
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Pupils
268
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Ages
3 - 19
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Community special school
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(12/7/18)
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St Nicholas School is a special school for children and young people with severe and profound learning difficulties. The majority of pupils have a diagnosis of autism and/or complex physical and sensory needs. Pupils are generally admitted from nurseries and maintained schools across Kent. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. A very large majority of the pupils are of White British heritage. A few pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Almost all of the pupils speak English as their first language. 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. Sixteen pupils are in the care of the local authority. Very few of the pupils in the school are from service families All Year 7 pupils are eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium funding. Around one in ten pupils across the school are involved with the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as a result of their behavioural needs. The school works in partnership with many different organisations, including the local authority, University of Kent, Canterbury Christchurch University, Oast House Trust, East Kent Health Authority and Abbey Court School. In addition to the provision offered at St Nicholas School, a few pupils attend satellite classes in four local secondary schools. Students in the sixth form attend classes at Canterbury College on a full-time basis. Due to their complex medical needs, a very small minority of pupils on roll at the school receive home tutoring from the St Nicholas School outreach service. The school offers a range of qualifications and awards. It does not enter pupils early for any examinations. The school was recently awarded the Investors in People accreditation for the third time.

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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.

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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.

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