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KITES

KITES

Kites is an Area Resource Base with place for 20 students. Kites provides education for children with complex special educational needs. Children who attend Kites are able to integrate with the main school: we create individual education and support packages and timetables for children tailored to their needs and disabilities.
Students who are able to access a GCSE curriculum pathway join mainstream lessons where they are taught alongside their peers by our subject specialist teachers, supported by our teaching assistants.
In Kites we have two classrooms. Students are placed in the class which is the best fit for their learning and social needs: this is flexible and reviewed frequently. Students can also be supported by individual work- stations in a separate room for quiet independent study.
Our mainstream teachers deliver some subject specific lessons within Kites and in their mainstream classrooms where children need to use specialist equipment and facilities e.g. DT.
Classes in Kites are small and each class would typically have a maximum of 11 children. Our classes are taught by experienced teachers and are supported by teaching assistants.
We ensure that Kites students are included as much and as often as is appropriate in mainstream school activities and opportunities.
Places in Kites are allocated by Cornwall Council SEN through a special application process. This is discussed in EHCP reviews and these discussions usually start in Year 5. We work closely with the Cornwall Council SEN team to review and monitor our students’ progress and provision at each stage of their education.
We use restorative approaches in order to help our children develop their social skills and understanding of others. Encouraging children to develop positive relationships, manage and resolve ‘fall outs’ and build strong friendships and relationships is an important part of belonging to the Kites community.
Learning progress is reviewed systematically and regularly through the ‘plan, do, review’ process and we hold our parent evenings at the same time as those for children in the mainstream school, so parents can visit Kites teachers and their child’s mainstream teachers at the same time. Parents also attend their child’s annual review meeting to agree targets, discuss progress and share feedback. Our Kites team, led by our Director of Learning for Kites, Mrs Stocker, and our SENDCo, Mrs Marsh, are always available to meet with parents outside of these formal opportunities. We place a very high value on our partnership with parents and this relationship is crucial to supporting and educating our Kites children.
Our Kites children take part in weekly enrichment and personal development activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Be Inspired, drama, art and physical wellbeing. Learners also have 1:1 and small group intervention work and individual support when they progress to post 16 provision. We also have a trained ‘TIS’ practitioner who offers small group and 1:1 sessions for students along with staff who are trained in art therapy, Lego therapy and social speaking/ thinking sessions.
For learners who are not able to access the GCSE curriculum (in mainstream classes) we offer alternative qualifications in English and Maths, Home Cooking skills and ASDAN courses. These are all taught in our Kites classrooms.
Mrs Julie Marsh (marshj@cape.cornwall.sch.uk) is our SENDCO and she works with all the Cape Cornwall School children in both the mainstream school and in Kites. Mrs D Stocker leads the teaching and provision in Kites as our Director of Learning. We have two further part-time teachers and all our lessons are led by a fully qualified teacher.
We have a team of 9 teaching assistants who support children, led by our TA Team leader Mrs Pearce. Our teaching assistants support Kites students in both mainstream and Kites based lessons.
Parents/Carers with any questions about provision in Kites are warmly invited to contact Mrs Stocker for more information.