Kisimul School (Acacia Upper School)

Co-educational Day & Boarding

Shortwood Lane, Friesthorpe, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN3 5AL

01522 868279




Mr Terry Lawson

Age Range

8 – 19 years

Total Pupils


Special Needs


Located within Friesthorpe, near Market Rasen which is about ten miles North of Lincoln, Kisimul School Lincolnshire (Acacia Hall) offers full-time education programmes for up to 38 weeks of the year and is registered with the Department of education as an independent special school. We are a provision for children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs with associated behaviours of concern, from age 8-19 While the majority of our young people reside in our associated children's home, Acacia Hall, we are also able to offer day and 38 weekly placements.

Our approach

Our school is committed to non-aversive approaches to supporting behaviour. Young people generally respond well to the structured environment of the school and the routines and visual clues they are set. All management programmes are formulated in conjunction with parents and professionals, using an evidence-based approach and utilising the multi-disciplinary teams' combined expertise. Staff are also trained to manage behaviours of concern, as part of their induction and as ongoing training, with regular and cyclical refreshers in place. Our training system is accredited by BILD (the British Institute of Learning Disabilities) and is in line with Department of Health and Department of Education guidelines.

Education & Activities

We have a personalised approach to teaching our curriculum, which is a semi-formal outline based on five main areas of learning and a thematic approach, rather than subject specific. Our young people are supported by personalising learning intentions, and our assessment systems use evidence from all aspects of the waking day. This ensures we are utilising education, therapy and care evidence as well as parent and professional feedback.

The school encourages ongoing integration within the local community to reinforce functional and contextual learning skills. Our staff teams ensure that each young person joins some form of community activity each week. Such activities may include using the local swimming pool, shopping visits, bus and train rides, work related learning input and outdoor education activities such as sailing. Recently this has also included residential expeditions as part of our Duke of Edinburgh accreditation.


We have seven classroom bases, all with access onto the outside spaces surrounding the school. This space is extensive and has access to swings and trampoline areas for regulation and physical input. The site benefits from being in a quiet rural location, and there are good links to local community facilities and Lincoln city centre.

A central feature of the school is the onsite animal husbandry provision. This is a smallholding where vocational learning and sensory input are incorporated into the curriculum. Young people can access vocational work, reinforce their functional learning skills through real life, work-based tasks in safe environment, or enjoy a more sensory experience interacting with the animals. We have sheep, goats, small animal petting area, an aviary and various ducks, geese and chickens of many varieties, with specialist staff on hand to support access and ensure appropriate welfare.

There is an immersive and sensory room facility within the school building, alongside a teaching kitchen and additional spaces that can be used for smaller group work or individual therapy input.

Our mission

Kisimul School's mission is to continuously strive for excellence in the care and education of its students, with a vision to have the best assisted living environment. The school provides a caring, consistent, safe and supportive environment in which its young people can flourish and develop their skills, in order to fully realise their potential.

We work closely with the parents, carers and professionals from our placing authorities to ensure the highest possible standards of care and education. Kisimul School is committed to the view that all people are entitled to equality of opportunity regardless of ability, disability, sex, age, status, religion, belief, nationality, ethnic origins or sexual orientation.

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