Kisimul School - Woodstock House
Woodstock Lane North, Long Ditton, Surbiton, KT6 5HN, Surrey
020 8335 2570
Kisimul School is one of the UK's leading independent special schools, offering a homely and safe environment for children and young people who have severe learning difficulties and autism and display behaviours that challenge.
Kisimul School offers day and residential education, alongside care and leisure programmes for up to 52 weeks of the year. The school is registered with the Department for Education and Ofsted for pupils aged 8 to 19 years.
The name Kisimul, pronounced 'kishmul', was taken from Kisimul Castle, which overlooks one of the safest harbours in the British Isles. Like its namesake, Kisimul School offers a safe haven, providing care and protection for its pupils, whilst preparing them for the journey ahead into adulthood.
The original Kisimul School was founded in 1977, in a comfortable Georgian house (known today as the Old Vicarage) set in four acres within the small Lincolnshire village of Swinderby. Facilities at the Old Vicarage include an indoor heated swimming pool, large playground, soft play areas with ball pool and multi-sensory rooms for relaxation and stimulation.
In 2003, the school expanded to an additional site, Acacia Hall, offering the same standard of exceptional care and education, adapted and utilised in a way to reflect the older age group. Acacia Hall offers riding stables, an adventure playground, collection of small farm animals and an area dedicated to horticulture.
Woodstock House received its first pupils in April 2008, and again offers the same quality of care and education for pupils aged 8 to 19 years. Kisimul School developed this site to be a mirror image of its existing school operations, using the same teaching methods and ethos. Woodstock House is situated within eight acres of tranquil countryside, offering space to develop in a safe and secure environment. Woodstock House is within easy access from the M25 via the A3.
Kisimul School's mission is to continuously strive for excellence in the care and education of its pupils, 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.
Residential and school staff work closely together to enable the pupils to progress in their personal development and learning. The 24-hour approach to the curriculum incorporates a wide range of activities that enrich the learning experiences of all pupils, helping them to learn to communicate and cooperate more effectively with others. In turn, this enables them to grow in confidence, self-esteem and independence.
The highly structured school curriculum aims to address the very specific needs of our pupils, by providing every opportunity for them to enjoy their education and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Classes are small and matched to learning profiles, alongside the dynamics of peers. A high staffing ratio reflects the complex needs of learners.
The curriculum incorporates aspects of the National Curriculum and an accreditation based vocational learning model for older pupils. An integrated therapeutic approach including; psychology, speech and language, music therapy and occupational therapy is part of the core provision of the school.
A key priority for Kisimul is to develop our children and young people's communication skills. Since many are pre- verbal, we teach the alternative and augmentative systems of Makaton signing and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), alongside vocalisations and speech.
External accreditation is gained through a wide variety of ASDAN 'Towards Independence' programmes and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.
Kisimul School works closely with the parents, carers and professionals from its 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.
For further information, including exciting job opportunities within Kisimul School, please visit our website at www. kisimul.co.uk or contact us at the address above.