Heath Farm School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Heath Farm
Charing Heath
TN27 0AX
5 - 18
Other independent special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

Heath Farm School occupies a range of purpose-built classrooms, which include five pods, the ‘qube’ and converted farm and outbuildings in a small village near Ashford, in Kent. The school opened in December 1988 and is registered for up to 70 boys and girls aged five to 18 years, who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Many pupils have additional identified learning needs, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and Inspection report: Heath Farm School, 21–23 February 2017 Page 11 of 14 attachment and deficit disorders. Most have experienced significant disruption to their education and some have been out of school for long periods of time. Pupils are grouped according to age and academic ability in small class groups with a very high staff to pupil ratio. In addition, there is a ‘nurture class’ that supports the youngest pupils and pupils with attachment difficulties, to make a successful transition into the school. The school also provides an alternative programme for pupils who require intensive support with their journey through education. At the time of the inspection, there were 72 pupils on roll, referred by a wide range of different local authorities. Of these, 66 have either a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. A significant number of pupils have additional support that is funded by the local authority. Six students attend the off-site sixth-form provision, most of whom also attend either work-related training or colleges of further education at local colleges, special and mainstream schools. The time spent attending these courses varies depending on the student’s emotional and academic needs. The school is part of the Acorn Care and Education Group, which owns a number of similar schools across the country, alongside several schools for pupils with autism. Over a third of pupils are children looked after. Care is provided by Heath Farm Family Services and a range of other care providers. The school’s aim is to ‘meet the educational, social and welfare needs of children through the creation of a caring, supportive and stimulating atmosphere’. Pupils are entered for a range of accredited outcomes. Pupils and students, particularly the most able, are entered early for GCSE examinations. The school was last inspected in April 2015 and judged to be good.

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