Kingsland School is a primary day community special school for pupils with learning disabilities. Pupil ages range between 2 and 11. The school is based on two sites in West Yorkshire, one being in the Stanley area of Wakefield and the other being in Castleford. Pupils travel from across the Wakefield District and neighbouring Local Authorities to attend Kingsland. The position of the school sites allow easy access to the M1/M62 motorway networks, with the Stanley site being within close proximity to the local hospital and the city centre.
Since the school opened in 2002 the school building has been extensively extended and refurbished in order to meet the needs of pupils who have severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. The school is in a single storey building with twelve classrooms, including a large Early Years unit for pupils under five years and a purpose built wing that enables the needs of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties to be met. Classrooms in this part of the building are large and spacious with ceiling track hoisting, specialist ICT resources and height adjustable equipment. In addition pupils have access to modern hygiene facilities and a covered outdoor learning area/playground. All pupils within the school have access to a multi-purpose annexe, a hall, which also serves as a gym and dining area, two sensory rooms, a soft play room, a food technology room, therapy rooms, hydrotherapy pool, KS2 Art/Science room, KS1 group room and disabled changing facilities. Parents and professionals benefit from the use of meeting rooms, parent rooms and areas used for extended school activities.
Over the years the site has been extended and adapted to meet the needs of pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties, the many of whom have autism. The site is currently coming to the end of a process of major refurbishment works in order to update the existing facilities and provide specialist facilities to meet both the current and future needs of the pupils. The school now benefits from a Science/Art classroom, a KS2 learning area with 4 classrooms, literacy/maths intervention room, safe sensory relaxation room and fully equipped hygiene areas, a KS1/EYFS area that includes covered outdoor learning/play areas, ball pool and classrooms designed to meet the needs of Early Years pupils and pupils with complex learning needs. A separate wing provides pupils with a Sensory Integration Room, Sensory Room, Communication/Language Development Room and Parent Support Advisor Office.
Further planned developments include a PSHCE Room, a space for Clinics to be held and the development of the KS2 outdoor areas.
Outdoor learning is a feature of the curriculum at Kingsland. Both school sites are fortunate to have extensive grounds, which have been developed over the years. There are a number of play areas including one for Key Stage 1 pupils, another for Key Stage 2 pupils, a covered sensory/science leisure area and a fully inclusive play/learning area connected to the annexe on the Stanley site. Early Years pupils have their own external play areas leading off from the classrooms. There is an additional outdoor area with swings (including a swing designed for pupils using wheelchairs), an inclusive roundabout, go-kart track and road markings. Pupils benefit from having access to kitchen gardens, greenhouses, raised beds and an orchard, all for pupil use. Other recent developments have included the development of an exploratory outdoor area incorporating a summer house, willow tunnels and seating and the establishment of a woodland learning area on the Stanley site. In addition pupils based on the Castleford site benefit from adventure and roadway play areas.
The school works closely with health professionals to deliver physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational/sensory integration therapy and music therapy. There are two full time nurses on the Stanley site and various medical professionals hold clinics at the school. In addition, the school has the support of teachers for the hearing and visually impaired who visit pupils on a regular basis.
We are keen to have parental involvement at all levels. By working together, our pupils benefit enormously in terms of increased confidence, security and sense of purpose. If you have time to spare to come into school and work with us, you will be made very welcome.
We are fortunate to be led by an enthusiastic and outstanding Governing Body that is highly involved, knowledgeable and supportive of the school.