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Kirby Moor School, Cumbria

School Details
School Crest
Longtown Road,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 1697 742598
Fax: +44 1697 745648

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Head of Education:
Mrs Catherine Garton

Principal Administrator:
Mrs Jayne Coleman

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
All denominations welcome
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
9 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, Interview, Statement of needs, Assessment, Residential assessment, Please apply to school, Report from previous school, Educational psychologist's report, This is a Special School, This school is for pupils with autistic spectrum needs (or autistic spectrum PLUS other special education needs)

Scholarships & Bursaries:

None Listed

What we offer

  • Painting/Sculpture
  • ICT
  • Design technology
  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • French
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Water sports
  • Athletics
  • Rock climbing
  • Adventure training
  • Cycling
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Orienteering
  • Canoeing
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • First aid/life savers
  • Singing
  • Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Vegetarian
  • Particular diets
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Epilepsy

This school operates 52 weeks in the year.
Head PhotoKirby 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.
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