It is the duty of The Green Room Kingsley to re-write the negative aspects of previous school experience, by offering a safe and secure environment, with engaging hands on practice, to reignite a passion for learning and drive to succeed.
Pupils will be supported not just academically to bridge gaps in their knowledge but also emotionally, enabling then to make positive life choices and interact socially
with staff, their peers and build relationships in the future. This is a place where the academic and therapeutic approach are inextricably linked. Being situated on a farm, pupils will take on the responsibility of working alongside and caring for a range of animals which in itself will have enormous therapeutic rewards.
We are brave and reflective, exploring what works best for every pupil, offering a bespoke and flexible timetable for all. We believe that all pupils want to succeed; we will give them the space, time and guidance they will need to do so.
At The Green Room Kingsley, pupils are offered the opportunity to start again, to start a new journey. Expectations are clear and simple to assist pupils in making the right choices and move forward in their education. Our timetable reflects a wealth of enriching subjects that pupils will engage with, offering a wide range of skills that may ignite a spark that could lead to a passion and career.
Qualifications We Offer
BTEc Land Based studies,
GCSE English, Maths Science,
ELC English, Maths Science,
Lantra Tractor Driving Qualification, Arts award
We use the Statement as a springboard to explore the right techniques, qualifications and therapy for that pupil. This is completely individual and we are open to explore whatever option best suits them, whether this be for specific learning difficulties or emotional and behavioural support.
We offer a range of activities in the morning including animal feeding and clean out, circle time, reading, intervention and coaching. We do a Brain Gym rotation every other week to build pupils' resilience and work on their memory and recall.
Pupils are encouraged to work on their leadership skills as much as possible. Pupils have the opportunity to lead Circle Time, engage with the school council and Eco-school panel, work on the Diana Award Anti Bullying campaign as well as run charity events such as bake sales, selling Market Garden produce and eggs and helping within our community.
An understanding of maths is fundamental to a young person's ability to understand the World around them and to make a successful transition into further study and/or employment. Our aim is to identify and bridge gaps in knowledge and skills, so that pupils are confident in the KS2 curriculum before moving onto KS3 / KS4 programmes of study. From Year 10, our pupils have the opportunity to gain an Entry Level Certificate, with a GCSE to follow in Year 11 for those that are ready. Each pupil has an individual learning plan and we aim to help them reconnect with the subject, grow in confidence and make good progress through group lessons and weekly 1:1 teaching tailored to their individual needs. Throughout our study of different topics, we explore practical and real-life contexts to make links between learning and the relevance of mathematical skills in daily life and in different careers.
English is a dynamic language and integral to young peoples’ ability to function in wider society. Through the study of English pupils can gain a means to effectively communicate and a level of comprehension that promotes an enjoyment of reading.
Our aim is to consolidate KS2 skills in order for our young people to access the KS3 and KS4 curriculum given periods of absence from mainstream education. Alongside filling the gaps in prior knowledge, we aim to teach a vigorous and varied KS3 curriculum that draws on cross curricular links. Starting from Year 10, it is our intention that this will adequately prepare students for KS4 English qualifications appropriate to their individual requirements, as well as fostering a love for literature. Pupils experience group lessons following different units of work as well as bespoke 1:1 sessions that are developed from an Individual Learning Plan. They also invest in deepening their understanding of literature through guided reading sessions.
The course of study allows students to be:
confident in developing and working with their own ideas and those of others;
responsible for their own learning and reflective as learners;
innovative and equipped for new and future challenges;
engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.
Science connects so many different areas of the curriculum together to help young people understand the world around them as well as helping to deepen their understanding of other subjects at GRK. All three sciences are inescapably a part of our everyday lives and our aim is to help pupils embrace this to progress in science at GRK through as much practical, hands-on learning as possible. The pupils are often working outside in the natural environment and grow ever more inquisitive about the world around them. Science helps them make sense of this world and our setting provides lots of real life settings for experiments.
Our curriculum also encourages pupils to ask questions, apply critical scientific thinking, plan their ideas, work on accuracy and precision, document their findings and evaluate, all of which are important life skills to take with them when they leave GRK.
It is our intention that all pupils at GRK will have the opportunity to take at least the Entry Level Certificate in Science. Pupils then have the opportunity to move onto GCSE science too where 1:1 sessions are provided alongside normal class time to help pupils develop their confidence further before the exams.
BTEC Land Based Studies
The BTEC in Land Based Studies offers pupils a qualification which develops core skills when working with animals, plants and machinery as well as the theory which allows them to work with expert staff towards a qualification in a field they have genuine interest in. Our BTEC focuses on:
Small Animal Care:
We have a variety of species at GRK from different mammals through to reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects for pupils to care for. Pupils will learn how to feed, clean out, health check and understand animal behaviour in these lessons.
We have our own allotment and polytunnel where pupils learn what it takes to grow fruit and vegetables from seed to table. What the pupils grow regularly make it to the GRK lunch table and even to market to help them see how money can be earned from growing fruit and vegetables.
Different from small animal care because these lessons focus purely on the horses we have at GRK. Pupils will learn what it takes to care for our horses, understand their behaviour, their evolution, how to keep them healthy and what their dietary needs are. In the summer term we make every effort to give pupils the chance to go horse riding too.
Once pupils are old enough they have the opportunity to learn how to drive a tractor and earn a LANTRA qualification. This is such an exciting experience for all of our pupils as this is often the first vehicle they learn to drive.
All four of those subject areas combine to make the BTEC in land based studies award. Pupils are working outside in the natural environment which offers a therapeutic release from the everyday classroom, giving pupils fresh air, a chance to reflect and work hard on the sessions that are being delivered.
It builds not only subject knowledge but also self-esteem. It widens career prospects as it gives practical experience to take forward to a more vocational career. The BTEC is extremely versatile and allows pupils to focus on a range of skills from animal handling, the study of plants and how to use and maintain a tractor. This diverse offer holds their interest and highlights at least one key area to be passionate about. Pupils work through the Pearson BTEC Entry Level 3 and Level 1 Award in Land-based Studies and can move on to their Diploma when they have successfully achieved these first stages.
At GRK we work closely as a team to offer as many cross curricular links as possible. We plan together as a team to allow pupils to make links across all their subjects to give deeper understanding and relevance to everything they learn.
Wellbeing / Yoga
Wellbeing at GRK has one primary purpose: to make our students happier. With many students coming to us with complex needs and different experiences in education, it is vitally important to expose them to the time, tools and temperaments that will allow them to move forward in GRK and beyond. To achieve this we focus on developing self-esteem, self -control, self-awareness, resilience and friendships. We create the right environment for positive conversations to occur. We use a range of tasks, exercises and challenges all requiring students to think and talk about themselves. Over the course of the year we will work on a number of themes including role models & heroes, positive affirmations, self-awareness, changing your personal narrative and emotional reactions. We teach Mindfulness which promotes consciousness and control - this in turn allows students to focus on the present rather than live through previous experience or future concerns.
Every other week we welcome a yoga instructor to GRK to provide 45 minute long classes for our pupils. Within this time we practice breathwork, stretching and balance in the hopes that this aids the pupils wellbeing in and out of school.
Sport plays a key part in the education of pupils at the GRK and we are very lucky to have access to the farm to be able to be outside for as many of our lessons as possible. Pupils have 4 sport lessons a week, 2 within their groups and 2 as a whole school. Their group sessions focus on fitness and personal skills within the sport we are doing for that week. In the whole school sessions we focus more on the games to give pupils a chance to use the skills they have learnt and to teach them about sportsmanship. We are lucky to have access to swimming, tennis & gyms outside of school to help give the pupils more opportunities to learn and hope to pursue this more in the future.
In sport we aim to:
Encourage our pupils to lead a healthy and active lifestyle;
Provide a detailed understanding of the importance of physical exercise and healthy eating;
Broaden knowledge base of different sporting competitions;
Create a well rounded sportsperson who can carry his/her sporting experiences off the pitch and implement them into their daily routines;
Maintain healthy competition amongst peers.
GRK is a therapeutic environment with the well-being of the pupils at its centre. A therapeutic approach is taken across the school whether in sport, art, equine, horticulture, trade, bushcraft or the more traditional subjects.
Here on the farm we have a full-time humanistic therapist who offers one to one sessions with our pupils. The approach focuses on the individual as a whole, taking into account mental, physical and emotional needs. It encourages pupils to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving potential rather than on problematic behaviour. No two people are the same and no two sessions are the same - they might involve an activity, a game, or something creative; we might walk around the farm and spend time with the animals. The aim is to create a safe and trusting space where we are able to identify and explore concerns, interests and strengths and to develop self-awareness and resilience.
Alongside individual therapy - and in a beautiful woodland setting - we also run environmental therapy groups, which offer pupils an additional context in which to explore these issues.
Bushcraft allows pupils the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Pupils learn how to make fire using flint and steel, understand the need for safety and caution but also how to utilise it for cooking a tasty snack or heating water. We will be using the camp to learn skills required to live and exist in the outdoors whilst studying past time periods and how humans sustained themselves. We will be weatherproofing the GRK camp using pallets and straw to ensure they don’t have to suffer any extreme weather conditions.
Humanities is essentially the study of the greys that make up our black and white world. A sound understanding of the history and geography of the world around us makes for much more rounded students that can have broad-ranging discussions and opinions. It encourages students to challenge their preconceptions, to see things from different perspectives and undertake critical thinking. We cover historical topics ranging from the World Wars, to racism in Britain and the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement. Work and content is highly differentiated to ensure that all students, no matter their starting point, can access the lesson. Whichever branch of Humanities is being covered, be it Geography, History or Religious Studies, we aim to make the student's time in the classroom fun, engaging and rewarding.
GRK jumped into action when put into lockdown in March 2020 offering a hybrid school of online as well as in person. Since returning to school in September 2020 we wanted to harness some of the great aspects of online learning and therefore offer one day a fortnight as online school. This keeps pupils up to date and practicing online learning but with a twist as boxes are prepared for them to take home including ingredients to cook their lunch, resources for lessons, breakfast cereal and milk. It also reduces our carbon footprint as an eco school. The online school develops their independent learning as well as keeps us prepared for any further changes. The lessons run through Google and the Google Classroom allowing us to offer a wider range of subjects including Music 1:1, coding and group cooking whilst maintaining Maths and English 1:1s alongside other enrichment activities.
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“It’s really fantastic to see my son so relaxed and happy. What a transformation since being with you all at GRK.” - Parent GRK
I think the school has got it pretty much perfect under the circumstances, I'm very impressed.
Our weekly Futures lessons aim to enthuse and equip pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to make sound decisions about their futures. By really getting to know our pupils, we seek to arrange bespoke experiences during their time at school to support them in making successful next steps after GRK.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is widely recognised by employers and in further education as an achievement that recognises real world success and application from a young person. Supported by GRK staff, students will gain recognition for learning new skills, taking on physical challenges and supporting a community. The holistic nature of our school means that many of these criteria are already met in the school day - DofE will provide yet another string for our students' bows when they come to move on from GRK.
Our 4th Dimension lessons expose students to new ideas, hobbies, interests, topics and employment exposure beyond our main curriculum. We are very lucky in securing guest speakers from a diverse range of industries to come in and hold mini workshops for our students. During these enrichment lessons, the students get to experience some real hands on fun and understanding into a particular field. Some of our 4D lessons have included music, yoga, cake decorating, art & illustration, sign language and foreign languages to name a few.
We have recently taken on a horse box project to support our eldest pupil at GRK in creating a small business. This pupil, along with the help of staff and other pupils is renovating the project to make it into a cafe for the local community for him to work from post GRK. We are always looking for new ways to support the pupils and this exciting project will be completed and up and running by the end of the academic year. It requires a range of skills including trade, administration, design, maths, business, catering and food hygiene.
The GRK Pupil is encouraged to live in the present and look to the future. We have a clear futures and careers programme where we discuss colleges, courses and careers, raising pupils' awareness of opportunities after GRK and enabling us to search for work experience placements appropriate to their interests. Good relationships with local businesses promote further choice and opportunities for post 16 progression. This also allows pupils to build their own portfolio of experience which helps them achieve their next steps whilst also teaching them about core values of punctuality, communication, work ethic and reliability.
PSHE / RSE
PSHE at GRK gives us the opportunity to challenge pupil beliefs and opinions, contextualise skills learnt across the curriculum and give them a greater understanding about the world we live in and their impact on it. We have a duty to ensure all pupils have a wider view of the World and the people within it. It helps our pupils to develop fully as an individual and as a member of a school, family and society. It provides our pupils with the practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and responsible lives. Building on character ensures well rounded young adults ready to embark on their own lives. Our development of the RSE (Relationship Sex Education Programme) in line with Government guidance allows pupils to gain a greater understanding of relationships. It focuses on exploring the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, having relationships and learning about human sexuality and sexual health.
This lesson takes our students on an inspirational journey to becoming a more rounded and independent individual. We are committed to equipping our students with the keys skills they will need once they leave GRK. This lesson is primarily practical based and offers a variety of skills from cleaning, cooking, hygiene, first aid through to team building, resilience and effective communication skills.
Trade classes are a valuable way for pupils to gain fine motor skills and resilience. Pupils will have the chance to work on their own and as part of a team. We cover tiling, decorating, woodwork and many other skills. Pupils have the chance to work on projects such as building a bridge. This leads on to Year 11 pupils undertaking the BTEC Introductory to Construction Level 1.
Art classes at GRK enable pupils to explore their creativity, find confidence in their work and build resilience. We spend time exploring different ways to create art as well as looking into the work and lives of famous artists. Pupils get to work towards an Arts Award qualification, allowing them a chance to gain accredited certificates in this area.
Reading is an essential part of everyday life as well as a potentially enjoyable experience where imagination and creativity can be let loose. Reading is embedded in the GRK culture whether it be guided reading sessions diving into different texts or trips to a bookshop on World Book Day. Cross curricular links are established within all subjects and 1:1 sessions provide interventions to fill any gaps, including phonic development.
Pupil Progress, Coaching and Level Best
Our aim is to provide a safe, consistent environment for our pupils to make short term changes and enable them to go out into the World as kind, empathetic and brilliant people. We have weekly coaching meetings to assess how the student is doing both academically and emotionally. This is an opportunity to meet 1:1 with a set member of staff, build relationships and establish change. We use level best as a prompt for change and work closely with parents and pupils to keep pupils progressing from the day they start with us, celebrating their successes and developing their areas for improvement.
We have our own in house rewards system where pupils are awarded behaviour points for positive behaviours such as resilience, kindness and active engagement. These run alongside negative behaviour points when pupils show the opposite. From this there is a Pupil of the Week (based on the most positives and least negatives) where they win a G-Buck'. We also do a work of the week to celebrate an outstanding piece of work within lessons and they also win a 'G-Buck'. Finally we send regular postcards home to celebrate all pupils' successes and these pupils are in the running to also win 'G-Bucks'. Once a pupil has won 5 of 'G-Bucks' they can redeem a reward of their choice. Some of these trips have included fishing, Air Hop, iFly, Manicures and much more. This bespoke reward system really engages pupils allowing them to feel personally rewarded for positive choices and effort.
Trips and Visits
We like to offer as many enriching trips as possible to the pupils at GRK. These range from educational visits to Science and Art museums as well as end of term trips to build relationships amongst staff and pupils. We do an annual Christmas Trip and school sleepover as well as an end of year two night camping trip. We also have an annual festival onsite 'Green Room Fest' where we camp for two nights, host a Year 11 Prom and festival activities. This event is shared with all at GRW and GR6.
Religious studies is taught to pupils at GRK giving an overview of all faiths as well as looking at different cultures across the world. This is often taught cross curricular. This allows pupils to acquire appreciation and respect for both their own and others cultures and beliefs.
We aim for all pupils to achieve GCSE English, Maths and Science as well as ELC English, Maths and Science, BTEC Land Based Studies, Trade BTEC, Arts Award and their Under 16 Tractor Driving Qualification. Many pupils are also Diana Award Anti Bullying ambassadors and we also offer Duke of Edinburgh Qualification. The subjects are defined by the skills and passions we have as staff members, but if a pupil has an interest in pursuing a subject that we don’t offer, we will do our best to facilitate it.