11 to 16 year old boys with social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Kilgarth is a non-denominational secondary school for boys who are experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The school is part of the Aspire Schools Federation and works closely with Gilbrook School to promote our young people’s positive attributes and provide them with ambitious targets. The whole ethos of the school is based on care, responsibility and proactive behaviour management, where mutual respect is of prime importance.
During our most recent Ofsted inspection in March 2015 we were judged to be outstanding in all areas. Inspectors commented that “The headteacher and his senior team, with the support of an exceptionally skilled and experienced governing body, have created a shared and clear vision for the school. As a result, there is extremely high morale within an exceptional atmosphere that nurtures pupils’ learning and improves their behaviour.”
Ofsted inspectors also commented that pupils make “good or outstanding progress” which “represents “outstanding achievement.” This outstanding progress is due to high levels of support and outstanding teaching. Inspectors also noted that “Teachers and their support staff work extremely well to ensure that classrooms are welcoming and inspire learning. They ensure that pupils with complex learning and behavioural needs feel secure and welcomed when they come into class.
Relationships between staff and pupils are exceptional and non-confrontational. As part of our uncompromising drive in pursuit of excellence we constantly strive to improve. Our high performing team has achieved national recognition, winning a number of awards during the past few years, including silver for the Pearson Teaching Awards “Outstanding Team of the Year” and the Educate Awards “Special Judges Commendation Certificate” for SEN provision. Individual team members have also been recognised including the Pearson Teaching Awards “Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year” gold winner, “Outstanding New Teacher of the Year” silver winner, and a teacher was shortlisted for the TES “Inspirational Teacher of the Year”. Our Chair of Governors also received recognition in the New Year 2015 Honours List, receiving an MBE for her valuable services to education.
Our achievements have provided us with a unique opportunity for further improvement. Our Principal, Mr Baker, is on the panel of judges for the Pearson Teaching Awards; this allows us to further benchmark ourselves externally with other outstanding schools and share our expertise on a wider basis.
Should you wish to find out more about our outstanding school please contact us directly.
Special Education Need & Disability
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
Facilities and Accessibility
About this Listing
Funding Status: Council Maintained
Method of Referral: EHC Plan
School Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm
Parking/Travel Information: close to rail station and bus services
Co-designed school: No
How does somebody raise a concern about the school?: Contact the school