Kingswode Hoe School is a day special school, which caters for children from ages five to sixteen years. All pupils have a statement of Special Educational Needs and many have transferred from mainstream primary or secondary schools. Pupils come from an extended catchment area including Colchester, surrounding villages, Coggeshall and Halstead.
The school is designated as a school for pupils with complex learning difficulties, although many pupils have additional learning needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language difficulties, emotional, social or behavioural difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders, particularly Asperger Syndrome.
Pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes all subjects of the national curriculum as well as personal, social, health and citizenship education; careers and work related learning. Our chosen foreign language is French.
In Key Stage 4 we offer accredited courses(Entry Level, Functional Skills and GCSE) in art, English, maths, science and ICT as well as The Arts Award. Pupils have opportunities to access the local FE colleges and undertake work experience.
Curriculum opportunities are enhanced by specific programmes such as Social Use of Language Programme, Circle Time, targeted reading/dyslexia groups and speech & language groups. In addition there is a variety of lunchtime and after school clubs run by staff on a voluntary basis. There is a student council for pupils and the school is involved with the Jack Petchey award scheme.
The school is situated in Lexden, Colchester, in a nineteenth century, converted property with pleasant grounds. It is within walking distance of the town centre and Colchester Institute and has easy access to the A12.
There are 120 pupil places, and currently 122 pupils on roll. These are divided between ten classes, two primary and eight secondary. There are 11 full time teachers, one headteacher, one Outreach manager and two part time teachers. The Senior Leadership Team comprises head teacher, deputy headteacher and two assistant headteachers. In addition, there are eight HLTAs, ten Learning Support Assistants, one behaviour support worker, one site manager, one office manager and three clerical staff. There is also one senior midday supervisor and two kitchen staff.
The school has dedicated areas for food technology, resistant material technology, science, art, music and drama, ICT and a library. A specialist PE teacher enables all pupils to make use of the gymnasium and extensive outdoor facilities. In addition, there is a programme of annual residential experiences for most pupils, which includes outdoor pursuits, camping and sailing.
There is a separate dining area, which allows full use of the hall for lunchtime activities. School meals are cooked on site and local produce is used whenever possible.
Work with pupils is supported by regular visits from a speech and language therapist. In addition there are strong links with the local community police officers and the school medical service.
The school has an Outreach facility which allows developments with our mainstream colleagues alongside the other five similar MLD schools in Essex. This group is known as CLiP and includes opportunities for staff to develop joint activities and joint training.
At Kingswode Hoe there have been recent exciting developments including a building programme to provide a dedicated outreach centre which was completed Easter 2012.
Parent partnership is strongly encouraged with daily links to home. There is a flourishing parents association which includes opportunities for regular fundraising activities.
Kingswode Hoe is a popular, over-subscribed school, which provides a supportive and challenging environment for pupils with a range of special educational needs. The staff is totally committed to the school and is very well supported by an able governing body, which has regular involvement with all aspects of school life.
The last Ofsted inspection was in autumn 2011 – the school was judged to be good with outstanding features.
For a more detailed picture of the school and its work, a visit during the school day is essential.