SEN Units: for background go to here
You will find the official KCC List of SEN Units here.
Last updated November 2013
KCC tried to phase out SEN Units in 2009-10, but after I exposed the policy whose existence was initially denied, this decision was reversed. You can read about this here. There were several consequences of the attempt to get rid of Units. Firstly, officers responsible for placing children with SEN statements were loathe to offer them placements in Units which might be going to close. Secondly, some Units were starved of children, and in others the headteachers had simply had enough, so these Units did indeed close. From the list I published here in 2010, seven primary and three secondary Units have closed, although more recently three new ones have opened: Ashford Oaks Primary (ASD); The North Secondary in Ashford (ASD); and Sittingbourne Community College (Speech and Language).
The SEN Units, together with their capacity, are as follows. Nearly all Units are full.
The capacity of each Unit for September 20155 is in brackets. OFSTED Reports appear within the Report on the home school.
Note: there is no admission number for Units. Each year new children can be admitted at any relevant age if there is space within the total capacity.
Autism: Ashford Oaks Primary School (3), Cage Green Primary School, Tonbridge (30); Langafel CEP School, Longfield (17); Oakfield Primary, Dartford (8); Joy Lane Primary School, Whitstable (28); York Road Junior Academy (6); together with capacity at three new primary academies: (. Total of 70 children and 14 admissions for 2013, highest for three years.
Hearing Impairment: Slade Primary School, Tonbridge (6); Molehill Copse Primary School, Maidstone (12); Castle Hill Community Primary School, Folkestone (8); Fleetdown Primary School, Dartford (14). Total of 2 new admissions for 2013.
Physical Disability: Bishops Down Primary School, Tunbridge Wells (6); Raynehurst Primary School, Gravesend (5); Garlinge Primary School, Margate (7). Biggest area of reduced capacity with four primary school units closed. 6 new admissions, 5 of which at Raynehurst.
Severe and/or profound multiple special educational needs: Whitfield and Aspen, Dover (55 with 5 new admissions).
Speech & Language: York Road Junior School & Language Unit, Dartford (28); Minterne Community Junior school (28) & The Oaks Community Infant school (12), both Sittingbourne; John Wallis Academy , Ashford(12); West Malling CEP Primary school(17); Hythe Bay CEP school (19); Wincheap Foundation Primary School, Canterbury (25). Total of 20 admissions for 2013.
Visual Impairment: Morehall Primary School, Folkestone (5); Reculver CEP school (5); Raynehurst Primary School, Gravesend(0). Total of 0 admissions for 2013.
Autism: Abbey School, Faversham (33); North School, Ashford (15); Longfield Academy, Dartford (36); Meopham School (16); Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys (12). Total of 25 admissions for 2013, similar to previous years.
Hearing Impairment: Hartsdown Technology College, Margate (3); Leigh Academy (4); Maplesdon Noakes School, Maidstone (6); Sittingbourne Community College (23); St Gregory’s Tunbridge Wells (10). Total of 6 admissions for 2013.
Physical Disability: Thamesview School, Gravesend (10); Westlands School, Sittingbourne (6); St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury (14); Pent Valley Technology College, Folkestone (4); New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone (4). Total of 4 admissions for 2013. Three Units closed.
Speech & Language: Hextable School (20); Canterbury High School (21); Malling school (90); Sittingbourne Community College (new facility, 6). Total of 22 admissions for 2013.
Specific Learning Difficulties: Walmer Science College (now Castle Community College, 16); Archbishop's School, Canterbury (12); Westlands School, Sittingbourne (30); Ellington & Hereson School, Ramsgate (5). Total of 14 admissions for 2013 (10 at Westlands).
Visual Impairment: Archbishop’s School, Canterbury (7); Charles Dickens, Thanet (6). No new admissions for 2013.