Kisimul School


Name Kisimul School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 November 2018
Address Woodstock Lane North, Long Ditton, Surrey, KT6 5HN
Phone Number 02083352570
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 8-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 62 (80% boys 20% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Kisimul School (Woodstock House) is an independent special school. All pupils have severe learning difficulties. Most have very challenging behaviour and a diagnosis of autism. All students have an education, health and care plan. The school is owned by Kisimul Group Ltd, which provides education and residential care homes for children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Most pupils attending the school live in adjacent residential care. The school does not use alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The recently appointed headteacher has high ambition for what pupils can achieve, stating: ‘I want Kisimul School to be a centre of excellence for children with autism.’ Under her leadership the school is improving at a fast pace. Governance provided by the Kisimul Group provides effective challenge and support to school leaders. Together, they have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The caring ethos within the school enables pupils with a high level of need to make considerable gains in their self-esteem. As a consequence, pupils’ personal development and behaviour is good and improves over time. Leaders make sure that all procedures are in place to keep pupils safe and that levels of staffing meet requirements. Parents and carers agree that pupils are kept safe at the school. Good-quality teaching, which includes the contribution of a highly effective therapy team, ensures that pupils make good progress. The school’s curriculum provides a range of courses that are personalised to meet pupils’ needs, including a strong focus on the development of skills for their future lives. Leaders plan to enhance the curriculum further with a broader range of courses. The individual needs of post-16 students are met successfully in the same way as in the rest of the school. Students make good progress, particularly in their personal development and communication skills. Most-able students take part in effective work-experience opportunities. There is a small amount of inconsistent teaching that does not meet pupils’ needs fully, including in managing their behaviour. The care-home staff who support pupils in the classroom lack sufficient training on how to improve pupils’ learning. A small minority of staff are not helpfully supportive of leaders’ current improvement priorities. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.