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  • Ifield School
    Cedar Avenue
    DA12 5JT
  • Head: Mrs Pam Jones OBE
  • T 01474 365 485
  • F 01474 569 744
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 4 to 19 with moderate to profound learning difficulties and autism
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 223
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 5th February 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 9th June 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The school is bright, clean, full of personality and colour, and equipped with facilities you usually only see in independent schools. Some learning takes place in the school’s own offsite woodland – they go there to pond dip, make charcoal, and make up stories, and to work on confidence and team-building skills. How often do you hear of children at special schools going on overseas trips? At Ifield the attitude is ‘why not?’, and its pupils go on…

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Executive head

Since 2004, Mrs Pam Jones OBE. She describes her time at the school as ‘wonderful years’; her commitment to the job was rewarded with an OBE for services to education in 2014. Involved in special education since 1992, with previous postings in leadership roles at two Kent special schools, Rowhill in Dartford and Dorton House in Sevenoaks. But she began her career with 20 years in mainstream as a PE and geography teacher, and it was seeing children struggling in these settings which started her on a quest to improve learning and outcomes for children with special needs.

One-time hobbies of showjumping, tennis and skiing are largely sidelined now as she says school is all-consuming; but as a good Welsh woman you’ll find her in front of the box when...

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Special Education Needs

Ifield School is a District Special School catering for 138 pupils with Special Educational Needs and is fully equipped to support the National Curriculum from Year 1 to Year 11. The School has been re-designated as the District Special School for the Gravesham Cluster to take pupils with more profound, severe and complex learning, communication and interaction difficulties from September 2004. The School aims to provide an attractive welcoming and stimulating environment that can develop pupils through the effective and appropriate delivery of the National Curriculum. The School seeks to develop in all a respect for the individual and an appreciation of quality. The School understands that every child has natural talents and abilities that can stand outside of their general underlying ability and seeks to support these. The staff see that the successful re-integration of pupils, when appropriate, is of the utmost importance. Staff endeavour to create, within classes, a well organised, conducive and ordered environment. The School aims to provide a happy and cheerful ethos that enables children to develop their confidence through success and praise.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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