• Type of Institution Special School
  • Age Range 3 - 19 Years
  • Religious Character None
  • Number of Places 151
  • Number of Staff 100
  • OFSTED Rating Outstanding


Headteacher Ms Karen Joy, Headteacher
Educational Stages Nursery / Pre-school (0 - 4 yrs)
Reception / Infants (4 - 7 yrs)
Primary / Juniors (7 - 11 yrs)
Secondary / Senior (11 - 16 yrs)
Secondary / Sixth Form (11 - 18 yrs)
Further Education / Sixth Form (16 - 99 yrs)
Higher Education (18 - 99 yrs)
Legal Status Community Special School
Local Authority Name Medway
Parliamentary Constituency Rochester and Strood
Urban or Rural Setting Urban city and town


  • Latest OFSTED Rating Outstanding
  • Latest Inspection Date 24/10/2012
  • Latest Ofsted Report View Report
  • Abbey Court is based on two sites, some 12 miles apart. The Rainham site provides for Early Years Foundation Stage, infants and juniors. The Strood site provides for secondary and students aged 16 to 19. Currently, the school has more than its official capacity of 150 places.
  • Pupils have severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties as their main need. Some have additional needs such as visual impairment, hearing or sensory impairment, severe autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and physical disability. A few have life threatening medical conditions. All have statements of special educational needs. The school continues to experience a shift in the complexity of levels of need, including severe challenging behaviours. A minority of pupils require a minimum of full time one-to-one staff support to meet their needs.
  • Currently, the large majority of pupils are boys and most are of White British heritage. A few have English as an additional language. The proportion known to be eligible for the pupil premium (extra money provided to schools by the government for students looked after by the local authority and for those eligible for free school meals) is well above the national average.
  • The school has specialist school status for cognition and learning and has gained numerous awards for different aspects of its work and provision. Most recently, it has received the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its involvement in global activities.
Inspection Date 19/06/2007 24/10/2012
Overall Ofsted Inspection Rating Good Outstanding
Achievment of Pupils Good Outstanding
Quality of Teaching Good Outstanding
Behaviour and Safety of Pupils Outstanding Outstanding
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management Good Outstanding
View Ofsted Report View Ofsted Report View Ofsted Report

Primary Level Performance

Pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths
Pupils achieving at a higher standard in reading, writing and maths
Average score in reading
Average score in maths

Secondary Level Performance

Progress 8 Score
Attainment 8 Score
Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSEs
Achieving English Baccalaureate at Grade 5/C or above
Entering English Baccalaureate
Staying in Education or Entering Employment

Pupil Metrics

Number of Pupils
Percentage of Girls
Percentage of Boys
Percentage of SEN Pupils
Percentage of Pupils with English not as a first language
Percentage of Pupils Eligible for Free School Meals
Year 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Number of Pupils 141 151 144 146 142 143
Percentage of Girls 34.80% 35.80% 36.10% 36.30% 34.50% 30.10%
Percentage of Boys 65.20% 64.20% 63.90% 63.70% 65.50% 69.90%
Percentage of SEN Pupils 98.60% 94.70% 94.40% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Percentage of Pupils with English not as a first language 18.40% 17.30% 15.90% 14.40% 14.00% 11.40%
Percentage of Pupils Eligible for Free School Meals 22.70% 26.50% 32.10% 33.90% 40.00% 41.10%


Number of Teachers
Number of Teaching Assistants
Number of Support Staff
Pupil to Teacher Ratio
Average Salary
Year 2015 2014 2013 2012
Number of Teachers 27 26 24 23
Number of Teaching Assistants 62 59 61 60
Number of Support Staff 11 10 9 9
Number of Full Time Teachers 24.30 25.30 22.90 22.60
Number of Full Time Teaching Assistants 55.40 52.70 54.70 53.20
Number of Full Time Support Staff 10.50 10.00 9.00 9.00
Pupil to Teacher Ratio 5.70:1 5.60:1 6.60:1 7.40:1
Average Salary £41,519 £38,504 £41,708 £42,375

Food & Hygiene

Food Preparation No Data
Food Standards Agency: Hygiene Rating
Food Standards Agency: Inspection Date 22/06/2017

Special Educational Needs

SEN Priorities Cognition and Learning Difficulties: Severe Learning Difficulty
Cognition and Learning Difficulties: Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty

Pupil Care Provision

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