Kingfisher School

Kingfisher School

Secondry Biology – School Direct

Kingfisher School opened on the 1st January 2006 and is a small mixed school which caters for 70 pupils aged 7 to 16, all of which have Statements of Special Educational Needs for Social, Emotional and Mental Health. The school offers a broad and balanced mainstream style curriculum, and supports pupils with a wide range of interventions and support. On average, classes are smaller, with about 8 to 9 pupils. The school employs a clinical psychologist, art, drama and horticultural therapists, as well as a range of mentors to support pupils with their learning, and in preparation for life beyond school. The Key Stage 2 and 3 curriculum builds upon a pupil’s previous learning, preparing them for progress through the school until they reach Key Stage 4, when a range of GCSE and BTEC courses are available to them, including options for alternative timetables with external education providers.  The school has an excellent record of placing and supporting pupils Post-16, into local colleges or apprenticeships.

On the 1st January 2014, the school became an Academy within the ‘Advance Trust’; a small MAT consisting of Worcestershire special schools. The Trust consists of the following special schools: The Vale of Evesham, Kingfisher,  Riversides School and Newbridge Short Stay School.

Data analysis, suggests that pupils are struggling with the Chemistry and Physics elements of the Science curriculum, mainly due  to their lack of basic knowledge and  limited understanding of scientific concepts, which is frequently  hampered by poor numeracy skills. However, the majority of pupils enjoy the Biology curriculum and we are looking to further develop this area within the school. We have a large environmental / allotment area on site and are looking to start bee-keeping in the Spring Term 2016.

For the right person, this will be an interesting and highly motivating place to learn to teach. Your individual mentor will support you with understanding how to engage some of our often demotivated and challenging young people with their education. Alongside this, staff will support you in developing a wide range of techniques to develop and enhance your  behaviour management skills. Because of the individual nature of the pupils  attending Kingfisher School, our  staff are highly trained and will share that knowledge and skill with you; we are passionate about developing our own staff from within, and would like to meet anyone who has a particular interest in educating pupils with these particular needs.