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Medway Special Schools & Units

Some very out of date. Update in early stage of progress!  The section on Units follows 'Special Schools'. 

You will find the current Medway Local Offer for Special Education Needs here (under Social Care and Health, not education). The Medway School Place Planning Strategy for 2018-22 indicates a change of direction for Special Needs provision in that:

 Over the period covered by this strategy we will be seeking to support more children with SEND in mainstream schools, and fewer in specialist settings. To do this, we will:  increase the funding available to mainstream schools  work with headteachers and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) to ensure staff are appropriately trained and have the confidence to meet a wide range of needs and  invest more in adapting buildings, where possible

 Abbey Court Foundation Special School, Strood, for pupils aged 3-19 with severe and profound learning difficulties maintained by Medway Council Local Authority. Three consecutive Outstanding Ofsted assessments. The Nursery and Primary site was new in 2017 and is purpose-built. The school had 148 commissioned places in 2018/19, with 183 pupils in January 2020, including 24 in the Sixth Form, although contrary to the general pattern, the younger age groups tend to be the largest indicating that the school is expanding.   

Abbey Court Ofsted Performance
Sep 2017 Short Continued Outstanding
Oct 2012 Full Outstanding
Jul 2010 Full Outstanding
Jun 2007 Full  Good

Bradfields Academy, Chatham, is unusually for a Special School a self-standing academy. For children aged 4-19 with complex learning disabilities and difficulties [CLDD] including speech, language, emotional, sensory, physical and autistic spectrum disabilities. It is commissioned to provide 295 places. In January 2020 there were 312 pupils, including 89 in the Sixth Form. However, it mainly caters for secondary aged pupils, with most primary age groups having fewer than five children in them. The school was awarded an Outstanding assessment by Ofsted in 2017. 

Bradfields Ofsted Performance
Mar 2017 Full Outstanding
Apr 2014 Opened as Academy
Oct 2013 Full Good

 Danecourt School, Gillingham. The school caters for primary aged children with a wide breadth of need including complex learning difficulties, autism and social, emotional & mental health needs. It is commissioned to provide 151 places, and in January 2020 had 156 pupils on roll. 

The school became a member of the Barnsole Primary Trust in 2015 but, following falling standards in the other two schools, both primaries, the Trust was rebrokered in 2020 with all three schools being absorbed into the Maritime Academy Trust 

Danecourt Ofsted Performance
Jun 2019 Full Good
May 2018 Short Concerns about Outstanding
Sep 2015 Opened as Academy
Oct 2012 Full  Outstanding

Inspire Special Free School


Inspire Ofsted Performance
Jun 2018 Full Good
Sep 2017 Monitoring Effective Action
Jan 2017 Monitoring Effective Action
Oct 2016 Monitoring Effective Action
Jan 2016 Full Special Measures
Sep 2014 Opened as Academy
Serious Weaknesses
(as The Oaks)


Rivermead School, Gillingham 

Rivermead Ofsted Performance
May 2018 Short Continues Good
Sep 2015 Opened as Academy
Sep 2014 Full  Good

RIVERMEAD COMMUNITY SPECIAL SCHOOL, Gillingham (11-19 years) complex emotional and behavioural needs including Autism: OFSTED 2012 - Good School. Excerpt from Report: Information about the school -  Provides for students aged 11–19 with complex emotional and behavioural needs. It is smaller than average in size and the overwhelming majority of students have a statement of special educational needs mainly related to autistic spectrum disorders. Most students have additional communication and language needs and/or medical/mental health needs. The length of placement at the school depends on individual needs, and many students have spent a considerable amount of time away from mainstream education before admission. The provision in the sixth form is still under development. It will be implemented fully in September 2012 and until that time there are no students of this age in the school. Key findings - Rivermead is a good school. The development of the sixth form is progressing well in preparation for September 2012 when new students will start. Students of different ages, backgrounds and abilities make good progress and achieve well. They achieve particularly well in the development of their skills in communication and in mathematics. In the vast majority of lessons, teachers provide students with activities that engage their interest and they use information and ICT well to enhance learning. They assess students’ work regularly and accurately and ensure that students know what they need to do to improve. The overwhelming majority of students make significant improvements in learning to manage their own behaviours, and bullying of any kind is almost non-existent. Students feel extremely safe and secure in school at all times. They enjoy school, support each other well and attendance levels are above average. The school is very well led and teachers’ performance is generally managed effectively. The strong leadership team ensure there is a sustained focus on improving classroom practice and outcomes for students.  The very effective way in which the school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a key factor in its success.


Mainstream schools with specially resourced provision  (SEN Units)

All Faiths Children's Academy  Primary School Hearing Impairment

Brompton Academy Secondary School,  The Eliot Centre, Communication Impairment Sensory And Communication Problems

Delce Academy - Juniors  The Bridge, Social Emotional And Mental Health Needs

Elaine Primary Academy  Specific Learning Difficulty, Multi-Sensory, Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Speech and/or Language Difficulties.

Hoo St Werburgh Primary School And Marlborough Centre, Academy, Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Riverside Primary School, Academy, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Visual Impairment, Autism

Hundred of Hoo Schoool, Academy. St Werburgh Centre For Autism, Secondary School, Autism, Autistic Spectrum Disorder

The Robert Napier School Secondary Academy, Visual Impairment

The Thomas Aveling School, Secondary Academy, Hearing Impairment

Twydall Primary School, Academy, Physical Disability

Warren Wood Primary Academy, The Evergreen Centre, Specific Learning Difficulty, Speech, Language And Communication Needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Behaviour, Social, Emotional And Mental Health Needs

Medway SEN Units September 2019
  Capacity Roll Sep 2019
New pupils
Sep 2019
All Faith's Academy 14 14 X
Brompton Academy 100 92 25
Delce Academy 25 23 6
Elaine Academy 20 28 X
Hoo St Werburgh Academy 65 65 13
Hundred of Hoo Academy 48 47 9
Riverside Academy 13 12 X
The Robert Napier Academy X X X
The Thomas Aveling Academy 10  8 X
Twydall Academy 17 16 6
Warren Wood Academy 20 28 X



Units closed since 2013, both in September 2018: Horsted Primary Federation, Physically Disabled Unit; and Twydall Academy,  Primary, Hearing Impaired Provision 


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