The Assessment Centre
The Kingmoor Assessment Centre is situated on the Kingmoor Business Park and is staffed with a small team of specialist teachers and teaching assistants. We take small groups of KS3 and KS4 students who have been permanently excluded from school. Being excluded can be a traumatic experience for young people and their families so we will endeavor to support the pupil and wider family through this difficult time.
We will assess the young person educationally, socially and emotionally. We can call in specialist support from other services and work closely with, among others, Educational Psychologists, Social Care, Targeted Youth Support and our mainstream colleagues.
We provide a buffer when things have gone wrong at mainstream school use our time with the pupil to ascertain whether the student is ready for a return to mainstream schooling, would benefit from some time at The Gillford Centre or if more specialist provision is the best destination.
We will write an in depth report on the young person to provide information for parents and whatever setting is the ongoing destination.
When capacity allows we also work with young people to prevent permanent exclusion and support schools, students and parents with strategies to enable them to remain in mainstream education. These pupils remain on the role of their mainstream school and attend part time at the Assessment Centre and the rest of the time at their school. We hold regular meetings with parents/carers and school. This is a time limited placement usually lasting around half a term and resulting in a report with strategies for all parties.