A specialist education provision for young people with Social, Emotional and/or Mental Health difficulties which can manifest in behaviour which challenges. At Kirby Moor School we provide a safe, secure, happy community which balances the principles of inclusive learning and the maintenance of clearly understood parameters. We seek to develop each individual to their full potential, academically, emotionally and socially. We prepare young people for their future independent lives.
“Teachers know their pupils very well. They plan tasks which engage and enthuse pupils. For example, in mathematics the teacher sets problems which capture pupils’ interests; for instance, working out percentages and fractions based on the values of cars. In English, the judicious choice of reading books ensures that pupils read books which resonate with their own experiences, as well as broaden their understanding of the world.” – Ofsted OUTSTANDING December 2017
We work with parents/guardians, education authorities, social services and all other relevant agencies to achieve the best learning outcomes for every pupil. Kirby Moor School is based across two sites which are located in a small market town and a nearby hamlet. Both are designed to meet the very different needs of the pupils who are placed with us.
Kirby Moor School promotes a supportive and nurturing environment in which pupil’s are taught in small groups designed to meet their ability and needs. Ongoing academic support is given by a Teacher and Learning Support Mentor in the classroom with an aim to support and develop their academic understanding, resilience, self esteem and socially acceptable behaviour.
The pupils have many varied complex needs and difficulties such as Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder, School reluctance, or have experience previous difficulties in maintaining positive behaviour and interaction in school.
The Staff are experienced in working with pupils who have encountered negative experiences at previous educational settings. Positive encouragement and learning experiences are reinforced in every area of the school to enable every young person to feel included and very much a part of our school. It is important that we instil a sense of pride and belonging for every young person to encourage a positive experience in education and give them aspirations and goals to achieve both now and in the future.
Kirby Moor succeeds with pupils where many other schools have failed. Pupils join Kirby Moor with a long history of educational under performance. On entry, the overwhelming majority of pupils are working several years below the standards expected for their age. Despite this, all pupils go on to gain academic qualifications, including GCSEs, and secure places at college for post-16 courses, linked to their interests and aptitudes.” – Ofsted OUTSTANDING December 2017
The pastoral team give ongoing individual and collective support to help young people deal with anger positively, develop self-esteem , self-awareness and develop effective communication skills. Staff work closely to give young people the tools to help them manage their own behaviour and be able to explore and become comfortable with their feelings and emotions.
Here we have classes of no more than 5 pupils. Our pupils move around the school site to specialist teachers in fully equipped classrooms.
Our facilities include:
- Science Laboratory
- Art studio
- ICT suite
- Recreational areas indoor and out
- Classrooms with interactive whiteboards and one computer per pupil
- Assembly Room
- A dining room where all pupils and staff eat together
- Student welfare and support services
- Access to our qualified nurse
We work with parents/guardians, education authorities, social services and all other relevant agencies to achieve the best learning outcomes for every pupil. Term times are generally in line with Cumbria Local Education Authority, please click on the quick link for dates. Education policies, legally required information and Ofsted reports are all quick links.
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