The Kingsmead School is the collective name for a range of provision which incorporates our Special School and our Pupil Referral Unit, providing education and support for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. The school operates as a flexible provision and students are allocated to a group or site based on their own individual needs. Some pupils join us in year 7 and remain at Kingsmead for their secondary education, whilst others join us at various stages along their learning journey between years 7 – 11. Many students arrive at Kingsmead following a disrupted period in education and it is important to provide a positive experience to re-engage them in learning and help them to be successful. We work very hard to ensure that all our students have a clear pathway into further education, employment or training and have excellent links with the full range of post 16 providers.
For some young people we provide a stepping-stone between school placements, and though our ‘turnaround’ provision we identify and provide the right support required for students to make a successful transition to a new school.
In addition Kingsmead also provides a number of other services. We provide education for young people who are in hospital for short or longer stays in our classroom on Puffin Ward at the Royal Derby Hospital and provision for pupils who cannot attend school for medical reasons.
Our ‘provision provides access to a range of quality assured vocational and other alternative programmes, both full-time and part-time, which secondary schools can choose to use to enhance the educational experience of pupils who are struggling to engage with their mainstream curriculum. These opportunities with a range of recognised providers are also used to enrich the learning experience of young people who attend Kingsmead as their full-time provision.
Part of our work includes being part of the multi-agency team that supports looked after pupils through the Enhanced Care Programme. This provides both full and part-time placements and outreach support for looked after children.
Across all our provision we have a highly skilled and experienced staff team of Teachers, Learning and Pastoral Support Assistants and other support staff. We also have our Additional Support Team which includes our School Health team, and a range of therapists and counsellors’ who provide another dimension to the support we are able to offer.
We employ a broad range of skills and engagement techniques to help children overcome their difficulties, recognise and celebrate their strengths and re-engage them in lifelong learning.