Prior's Field September 2018

Kisimul School [Special School]

The Old Vicarage, 61 High Street, Swinderby, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom LN6 9LU

Age Range & Fees

Age Range8 to 19
Annual Day Fees£0 to £0
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees£0 to £0

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
6Day0
47Full Board9
0Weekly0
53Total9

Number of Staff

Full-time: 324
Part-time: 30

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Paul Routledge BA (Hons) MEd NPQH


Kisimul School specialises in providing high quality care and education for children and young adults with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. Residential provision for up to 52 weeks of the year is offered, as well as a limited number of day placements.

The School provides a caring, consistent, safe and supportive environment in which its young people can flourish and develop their skills in order to fully realise their individual potential. Residential and school staff work closely together to enable the pupils to progress in their personal development and learning. The 24-hour curriculum incorporates a wide range of activities to enrich the learning experiences of all pupils, helping them to learn to communicate and cooperate more effectively with others and enabling them to grow in confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Kisimul Lower School is situated in four acres of grounds in a small Lincolnshire village, within easy reach of the A1 and the East Coast main line. The Upper School is located in seven acres of grounds in a village to the north of Lincoln.
Facilities include soft play areas, multi-sensory rooms, adventure playgrounds, large indoor swimming pool, play barn and gym and a collection of small farm animals.

Classes are small and staffed at a ratio of at least 1:1. The integrated developmental curriculum provides every opportunity for pupils to enjoy their education and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through practical and functional learning experiences. It incorporates the National Curriculum or Adult Pre-Entry Curriculum Framework and a wide range of therapeutic programmes.

Our Psychology and Therapies department provides a range of specialist expertise in the field of autism and severe learning disabilities. These include Speech therapy, Music therapy, Aromatherapy, Occupational Therapy, Play Development, HANDLE and EASIE. Together this multi-disciplinary team strives to meet the varied and complex sensory needs of our pupils. On site provision of these services ensures an effective communicative link between all disciplines. A key priority is to develop our pupils’ communication skills. The SLT team offers support by overseeing the use of PECS, Makaton signing and intensive interaction; assisting pupils to develop oral skills and social skills such as turn taking and eye contact.

External accreditation is gained through ASDAN and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Kisimul School works closely with parents, carers and professionals from its placing authorities to ensure the highest possible standards of care and education.
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    What we offer

    • Agriculture/Horticulture
      • Swimming
      • Adventure training
      • Duke of Edinburgh Award
      • Horse riding and management
      • Sailing
      • Singing
      • Particular diets
      • School bus service
      • Autism
      • SLD
      • Epilepsy

      • * This school operates
          52 weeks in the year.

      Method of Entry

      • Assessment
      • Interview
      • This is a Special School

      Scholarships & Bursaries

        Accreditations and Affliations:

        • ASDAN
        • CSCI
        • DFE, UK
        • IIP/IiP
        • ISA Independent
        • NAS
        • NASEN
        • NASS Special Schools

        Religious Affliations:

        • No religious affiliation


        Teaching Languages:

        • English
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