Kingsdown School, Special Needs School

Kingsdown is a Community Special School for children aged 3 to 14 who have severe learning difficulties (SLD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties. The majority of pupils have communication difficulties.

Our Mission Statement is ‘Be happy, communicate, learn and achieve’. To support this statement we provide a secure, happy, respectful and caring environment where a differentiated curriculum is delivered to ensure the learning needs of every pupil are met. Everyone at Kingsdown has high expectations; we expect everyone to achieve and celebrate success. The school works in close partnership with parents and carers; we seek to support the whole child and not just the pupil in school from 8:45am to 3:30pm.

The school has excellent relationships with the professionals who support the many needs of the pupils.

The pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are a very high priority.

Our funded pupil placement is 105, but currently 118 pupils are on roll. At present every pupil has either a Statement of Educational Needs or an Education, Health Care Plan, but there are occasions when a child is given an assessment placement.

It is always the Local Authority's decision to place a child at Kingsdown School.

Taking care of our Pupils' Future

Our aim is to enable every pupil to achieve their very best. We want every pupil to have an inner self-confidence, be able to communicate, have social skills, know what is right and wrong, and be independent. We believe these skills are the key to life.

If you are interested in visiting Kingsdown School, please contact the school office who will arrange for you to visit the school and meet Margaret Rimmer, Headteacher.


In June 2014, Ofsted reported that Kingsdown School is "a good school with outstanding areas; it is a school where the staff have excellent relationships with pupils".

Full Ofsted Report