Abbey Court Foundation Special School

Rede Court Road, Strood, Rochester, ME2 3SP

  • Type of Institution

    Type of Institution Special School

  • Age Range

    Age Range 3 - 19 Years

  • Religious Character

    Religious Character None ?

  • Number of Places

    School Capacity 184

  • Number of Staff

    Number of Staff 100

  • Ofsted Rating

    Ofsted Rating Outstanding


Headteacher Ms Karen Joy, Headteacher
Educational Stages Not Applicable
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 14/09/2017
  • Latest Ofsted Report View Report
  • This is an outstanding school.
  • Pupils make outstanding progress, particularly in literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT).
  • Those with speech, language and communication needs make significant strides in developing and improving their communication skills through signing, the use of picture symbol cards and the use of a range of new technologies.
  • Children attending the part-time sessions in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress, which prepares them for learning and enables them to proceed successfully to the next stage of their education.
  • The outstanding sixth form provision enables older students to continue their seamless progress through the school and achieve nationally recognised qualifications. They improve their independence and social skills and this prepares them successfully for life beyond the school.
  • As a result of a robust and sustained focus on improvement by the senior leadership team since the previous inspection, the quality of teaching across the school is now outstanding. Other strengths of the school’s work identified at the last inspection have been sustained and further improved.
  • Pupils’ attitudes to learning and behaviour are excellent, which is a result of highly effective class management by teachers and other adults supporting in the classrooms.
  • Pupils told the inspectors that they are safe and well looked after, which is further confirmed by the school’s own surveys, which are carried out regularly.
  • The headteacher’s inspirational leadership of the school, together with the support of her highly effective senior leadership team, ensures the school meets fully its vision and aims and lives up to its motto, ‘We grow people’.
  • The highly experienced governing body is outstanding in its role as a critical and supportive friend and successfully ensures the school is financially stable.
Inspection Date 19/06/2007 24/10/2012 14/09/2017
Overall Ofsted Inspection Rating Good Outstanding Outstanding
Achievment of Pupils Good Outstanding Outstanding
Quality of Teaching Good Outstanding Outstanding
Behaviour and Safety of Pupils Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management Good Outstanding Outstanding
Report Type Full Inspection Full Inspection Short Inspection
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Pupil and Staff Information

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Primary Level Performance

Secondary Level Performance


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Around the area

Rede Court Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 3SP

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