Kirby Moor School is part of North Lakes Children's Services. We work with young people aged 10-18 who have specific and important Social, Emotional and Behavioural needs. Consulting with the pupil, family members and any professionals involved helps us to understand how to educate and care for each individual.
Kirby Moor is a Specialist Independent Co-educational, non-denominational school which provides a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum. We individually assess pupils to establish strengths, skills and what the pupil would like to be better at.
Pupils are grouped according to emotional literacy and ability rather than age in classes of up to 5. A qualified teacher and learning support promote learning in this high ratio setting. Through differentiating the curriculum positive steps are achieved in individual learning processes. We provide education for pupils from nearby local authorities as well as to those who reside in our care homes.
Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are the underlying focus for all our teaching. We want all pupils to gain accreditation at a level best suited to their ability. We have a nurture class based in a quieter area of the school to meet the needs of those pupils with moderate learning difficulties or for those who face greater challenges accessing the curriculum.
SEAL - social, emotional aspects of learning is integrated into all areas of the school curriculum. Teaching at Key Stages 2,3,4 and 5 ensures all levels of ability, emotional intelligence and interests are catered for.
Kirby Moor School has: A Science Lab, Art Studio, ICT Suite, Formal classrooms, Recreational areas indoors and out, an assembly room, dining room, student support services, access to our qualified nurse, interactive white boards and one computer per pupil.
Practical life skills are taught: First Aid, application forms, sewing and ironing, CV work and driving licence theory tests. Sexual health is taught and the DASH Team in Cumbria are used.
Assessment is incorporated into the planning and schemes of work and happens on a short, medium and long-term basis. Teachers are adept in using assessment and tracking tools to minimise stress and demonstrate clear progressions. GCSE and equivalents, Entry level certificates, AQA unit awards and vocational awards- ASDAN, NVQ and National Awards are all achieved.
The school has great links with 2 local colleges for vocational courses, apprenticeships and wider socialisation. Outdoor education days come throughout the year improving team building, fitness, fun and ability. Each pupil has one day per half term for climbing, skiing, biking, scrambling and mountaineering.