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Kirkstone House School

Kirkstone House School

Personalised Learning

The school accepts pupils of all abilities and therefore learning is always tailored to meet the needs of the individual. This unique approach together with small class sizes enables all pupils to achieve their full potential. Our Value Added score shows that pupils exceed expectations and that their progress is significant.

All pupils benefit from an education which is tailored to meet individual needs. Pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum, but within this there is a great amount of parental and pupil choice. Pupils can choose, for example, to study two Modern Foreign Languages in Year 7, one only or they may have this curriculum time to focus on English and Mathematics.

As they progress through to Key Stage 4 study, they have a great deal of choice regarding numbers of subjects studied and at which level. We offer both GCSEs and BTECs.

Pupils who are particularly able in a subject such as Maths, English or Music may be fast tracked and then encouraged to take on further study at a higher level and the school has a well managed and challenging Gifted and Talented programme.

Special Educational Needs

Pupils who require learning support are superbly catered for across all aspects of school life both within and beyond the classroom. All staff follow recommendations for individual pupils in their EHCPs and teachers use a variety of teaching approaches to overcome barriers to learning. Learning support assistants are carefully matched to their pupils and close links with parents are seen as essential.

Pupils with Special Educational Needs are brilliantly supported on trips and in extra-curricular activities such as The Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The SEN Department is overseen by the SENCO. The school also employs a specialist who can support parents through the EHCP process.