Knole Development Centre


Name Knole Development Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 May 2018
Address Cygnet Hospital, Godden Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0JR
Phone Number 01732763491
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 12-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Knole Development Centre is a small special school for pupils who attend the on-site Cygnet Hospital. It is located in a rural setting in the Kent Weald. The school is part of Cygnet Healthcare Ltd which runs hospitals across the country and three schools. The proprietor of the school is also the chief executive of Cygnet Healthcare Ltd. The school caters for pupils who have a mental illness in addition to behaviour, emotional and social difficulties, or autism spectrum disorder. The school is registered for 24 pupils aged 12 to 18 years. Currently only seven pupils attend the school as part of the hospital is closed for refurbishment. There are two students in the sixth form. The school opened in May 2014. This is the school’s second Ofsted inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The strong moral purpose of the headteacher ensures that meeting pupils’ complex needs is at the heart of the school’s work. Cygnet Healthcare’s head of education and special educational needs case coordinator provide highly effective support to the headteacher and staff which has improved the quality of education at the school. Staff are highly skilled and know their pupils very well. Because of well-planned teaching and thorough assessment, pupils’ learning needs are met consistently. Parents and carers agree that their child is taught well. Pupils are appreciative of the teaching they receive. Leaders have ensured that pupils, including the most able pupils, make strong progress. Efficient communication strategies with hospital staff contribute to seamless support for pupils. Staff are caring and highly skilled in supporting pupils’ well-being. The school is a haven of calm. Leaders have developed a rich and varied curriculum Pupils enjoy a wide variety of courses, including extra-curricular activities such as a music club. The proprietor has made sure that governance arrangements are effective and that the independent school standards are met well. Governors are knowledgeable and highly skilled. Pupils say that they feel very safe at the school and parents agree that their child is safe. Safeguarding is a strong feature of this school. While the school has improved attendance markedly since the last inspection, some pupils’ low attendance hampers their academic progress. In mathematics, pupils are not provided with enough opportunities to explain how they approach and solve real-life numerical problems. Until recently, leaders had not monitored the success of their improvement plans sharply enough. 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.