When your child starts at Kingfisher School they will go into the Transition group, which is a small group of no more than three pupils. Whilst in the Transition group pupils will be academically assessed for literacy and numeracy.
This will give the school an accurate up to date assessment which will be shared with staff and used to judge whether they require either or both literacy or numeracy intervention time. During their time in transition your child will also be assessed for therapeutic support. The school offers a wide range of support from mentoring, music therapy, through to Clinical psychology.
The school philosophy is based around developing the child holistically so that they leave the school not only with the best possible academic results they can achieve but also with the ability to self-regulate and function in an ever increasingly demanding world. Kingfisher School offers a traditional school curriculum for the majority of its pupils, however when the need arises the school is flexible.
It has in the past and continues to, where necessary, offer very personalised timetables for pupils which might consist of varying degrees of time in school and at alternative educational providers. The school works with a wide variety of educational providers across the county. Pupils are assessed every term and the progress they are making is analysed to see, how as a school, we can use the wide range of support and intervention we offer to maximise their progress. This may not necessarily be academically, but could be across a range of other areas such as; their attendance, behaviour, social or emotional well-being.
As pupils move forward into year 10 and 11 they will be starting the courses that will work towards formal qualifications when leaving school, although many of our pupils will have already achieved qualifications throughout Key Stage 3.
We have looked at the range of qualifications that our pupils can achieve and we have updated our curriculum to maximise the opportunities to achieve the highest level qualifications in key stage 4. To this end we have decided not to give pupils options in terms of subjects and to run a range of portfolio based qualifications to allow pupils to leave kingfisher with additional GCSE equivalencies in addition to core GCSEs.
In Year 10 and 11 all pupils will take:
- English – GCSE / Entry level / Functional skills (entered according to level in year 11)
- Maths – GCSE / Entry level / Functional skills (entered according to level in year 11)
- Asdan – Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) / Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) (These are GCSE equivalent qualifications and are portfolio based)
- Cooking GCSE
- ICT – European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
- Duke of Edinburgh (This is a portfolio based GCSE equivalent course)
- Princes trust Award (This is a portfolio based GCSE equivalent course)
- PE – GCSE
- Art – Arts Award / GCSE (double entry to achieve two arts qualifications if appropriate)
- Science – ASDAN and STEM award
- Geography, History, RE and PSHE- ASDAN
With this timetable pupils will have the opportunity to leave school with eight GCSE level qualifications recognised by colleges and employers, and a further five lower level qualifications across all core subjects and a range of other subjects.
Catering Curriculum Map
Please find below a list of External Provisions offered at Kingfisher School:
- Wild Goose Rural Training
- Longlands Care Farm
- Glovers Piece Farm
- Acton Mill
- O.W College
- Kit McGrath
At Kingfisher we offer individualised programmes of study and Tailor them to meet each students specific needs.
Please find below a list of Interventions offered at Kingfisher School:
- Literacy, Numeracy, Handwriting, Reading, Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Gifted & Talented.
- NHS Speech and Language Team, Educational Psychologist, Music Therapist, Behavioural Mentor, Mentoring Programme, Sensory Room Interventions, Life Skills Programme, Inclusion support team, 1:1 Keyworker Support, Family Support Worker, School nurse (physical and mental health concerns).