Goldwyn Ashford

All students have an EHCP in place at Goldwyn Ashford, identifying a primary need of SEMH and /or ASD.  Prior to admission, students will have been assessed to be of average or above cognitive ability, with possible delays in learning of up to 2 years below their chronological age. Many students will have transitioned from previous SEMH provision, but for some Goldwyn may be their first special school placement.

We want students to acquire and retain new knowledge and skills, develop their ideas and increase their understanding; apply intellectual, physical and creative effort in their work; be productive and work at a good pace; show interest in their work and be able to sustain concentration and think and learn for themselves; understand what they are doing, how well they have done and how they can improve. 

Lessons at Goldwyn Ashford are classroom based; they provide a broad, balanced and relevant education taught in purpose built specialist classrooms by KS3 & 4 subject specialists.

Students are taught in small groups of 7 with one teacher and one Teaching Assistant for each group.

Each day consists of 6 x 45 minute lessons (4 on Friday)

Social time for students is planned and supported by the pastoral support team.

Students are supported in their learning progress by a positive target based reward system (BRITA points).

All students participate in “Goldwyn Time” a structured daily intervention progamme tailored to meet their individual ECHP outcomes and learning needs. For the majority of students the focus of the interventions are social communication and emotional regulation, whilst providing a smooth transition route from the journey into school to the more ‘formal’ school day.

Students follow a KS3 & 4 National Curriculum Programme of study.

At Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in:




Design Technology



Geography (suspended 21/22 for Covid English and Maths catch up)

Art & Design


Physical Education

Personal, Social and Health Education

Careers Education

Sex Education

Drug Education 

Challenger (personalised option)


At Key Stage 4 students can undertake a range of GCSE courses, vocational courses and work related programmes. All students follow an individual programme designed to meet their specific needs. These include the following.


- Functional Skills 1 / 2 GCSE


- Functional Skills 1 / 2 GCSE




- Functional Skills 1/2


- City & Guilds  Multi Skills

Art & Design



- Prep for working life Level 1/2 short course

Careers Education


Sex Education


Drug Education


Motor Vehicle Mechanics

- Entry Level/ Level 1 (option)

Music/Performing Arts

- BTEC Level 1/2 (option)


- City and Guilds Level 1 / 2

Hair and Beauty

- NCFE Level 1/2 (option)


- BTEC Level 1 /2 (option)


- BTEC Level 1 (suspended due to Covid)

Duke of Edinburgh Award

- Bronze / Silver (option)

Work Related Learning

- Through work experience (suspended 2021)


Our aspiration is for all students it to achieve GCSE and other level 1 & 2 qualifications by the end of Year 11. On average students leave Goldwyn Ashford with 10 or more of these qualifications.

All students are supported into post 16 education or training through an individualised transition programme that utilises CIEAG and the EHCP process. The vast majority of students leave Goldwyn to further their education in mainstream colleges or schools.



Flagship School Status Nov 22

Goldwyn School continues to be a Flagship School (November 2022)


Goldwyn School rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted 

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