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Kent Special Schools and Units


SEN Units: for background go to here 


Last updated July 2017 (Special Schools to follow). Please note: The detailed information listing Units that follows is drawn from a number of official sources, some out of date. Please advise me of any errors or omissions. In particular, some of the planned new provision appears to be being delayed. 

KCC tried to phase out SEN Units in 2009-10, but after I exposed the policy whose existence was initially denied, this decision was reversed, and in the past few years the need for more Unit Provision has been recognised and acted on. You can read about this here. There were several consequences of the attempt to get rid of Units. Firstly, officers responsible for placing children with SEN statements were loathe to offer them placements in Units which might be going to close. Secondly, some Units were starved of children, and in others the headteachers had simply had enough, so these Units did indeed close. From the list I published here in 2010, seven primary and three secondary Units were closed. In the past two years recently seven new ones have opened, with seven more on the way. Recently opened: Canterbury Primary Academy (ASD); Oakfield Primary, Dartford (ASD); River Primary, Dover (SLCN); Nonington  Canterbury (SEMH); Martello Grove Primary, Folkestone (ASD); Langley Park Primary, Maidstone (ASD);. Secondary: Hugh Christie Technology College, Tonbridge (ASD); St Augustine's Academy, Maidstone (ASD); Wilmington Academy (ASD); The following also opened in September 2017: Valley Invicta Primary at Kings Hill (ASD); West Minster Primary Sheppey (SLCN); Finberry Primary, Ashford (SEMH); Holborough Lakes and Leybourne Chase, Malling (both SEMH) - initially opened on one site whilst numbers are low; Thistle Hill, Isle of Sheppey (SEMH).  

There are also several satellites of Special Schools in mainstream schools, not technically units, at Dartford Primary Academy (ASD and Speech & Language), satellite of Milestone Special School and West Borough Primary, Maidstone (ASD), satellite of Bower Grove School.  

The list of SEN Units follows, the capacity of each for September 2017 is in brackets, followed by the pupil roll and the intake for 2016. Some of the definitions, especially for secondary schools are approximate as some schools offer flexibility of intake. There is no admission number for Units. Each year new children can be admitted at any relevant age if there is space within the total capacity. Nearly all Units are full, but I don't as yet have current figures.  

OFSTED Reports appear within the Report on the home school. 

Primary Phase

Autism (ASD): Ashford Oaks Primary School (6,3,1), Cage Green Primary School, Tonbridge (28,30,6); Canterbury Primary (15,?,4)  Langafel CEP School, Longfield (18,17,4); Oakfield Primary, Dartford (12,8,1); Joy Lane Primary School, Whitstable (28);  together with capacity planned at three new primary academies: Martello Grove Primary, Folkestone; Langley Park Primary, Maidstone; Valley Invicta Primary at Kings Hill. 

Hearing Impairment (HI): Slade Primary School, Tonbridge (6,5,3); Molehill Copse Primary, Maidstone (12,10,0); Castle Hill Community Primary, Folkestone (8,7,3); Fleetdown Primary, Dartford (14,13,3). 

Physical Disability (PD): Bishops Down Primary School, Tunbridge Wells (6,8,1); Tymberwood Academy, Gravesend (5,6,0); Garlinge Primary School, Margate (7,6,1). 

Severe and/or profound multiple special educational needs (SPD): Whitfield and Aspen, Dover  (80,70,13).

Social, Emotional & Mental Health: Nonington, Dover (6,3,3); Designated: Finberry, Ashford (15); Holborough Lakes (8) and Leybourne Chase (8), both Malling; and Thistle Hill, Sheppey (15).  

Speech & Language (SLCN): Minterne Community Junior school (28,28,3) & The Oaks Community Infant school (12,15,3), both Sittingbourne; John Wallis Academy , Ashford(12,12,0); West Malling CEP Primary school(17,20,5); Hythe Bay CEP school (19,23,4); Wincheap Foundation Primary School, Canterbury (25,22,4). Due to open September 2017, West Minster Primary Sheppey.

Visual Impairment (VI): Morehall Primary School, Folkestone (5,5,1); Reculver CEP school (5,6,0).

Secondary Phase

Autism: Abbey School, Faversham (33,33,3); North School, Ashford (17,30,3); Longfield Academy, Dartford (40,43,8); Meopham School (16,16,6); Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys (15,19,5). 

Hearing Impairment: Hartsdown Technology College, Margate (5,5,1); Leigh Academy (7,5,1);  Sittingbourne Community College (27,27,9); St Gregory’s Tunbridge Wells (11,9,2).  

Physical Disability: Thamesview School, Gravesend (10,10,4); Westlands School, Sittingbourne (shared with SLD, 7,1); St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury (16,16,1); New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone (4,4,0).  

Speech & Language: Canterbury High School (21,18,9); Malling school (90,85,20); Sittingbourne Community College (29,5,8). 

Specific Learning Difficulties: Goodwin Academy (20,10,1); Archbishop's School, Canterbury (and other aspects, 12,13,0); Westlands School, Sittingbourne (39,39,1); 

Visual Impairment: Archbishop’s School, Canterbury (21,3,0); Charles Dickens, Thanet (6,3,0). 

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