North West Kent Alternative Provision Service provides respite education for Key Stages 1 to 3. These are short term placements and involve individual programmes to meet the needs of the pupils. Key Stage 4 pupils are on long term placements. For these pupils there are a range of services which are designed to facilitate changes in behaviour and the acquisition of social skills.


We have an expertise in meeting a range of severe SEMH needs. Many of our pupils are known to other agencies specialising in supporting young people and their families facing challenging circumstances. These may include mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse/neglect and offending behaviours.


All staff are experienced and qualified to work with challenging behaviour and continually strive to find new ways to engage disaffected pupils and to support them in overcoming barriers to learning and achievement. Although our focus is on learning and progression, we consider achievement in a holistic sense and aim to work with the whole person in helping them grow in self confidence, develop resilience and discover strategies to manage their behaviour and social interaction through a strong emphasis on self reflection and willingness to engage in cognitive behavioural work.


As a whole school community we have developed a mission statement which encompasses our ethos and aims as a service:


"Providing a safe and welcoming learning environment where individual achievements are valued and respected"


Our aim is to support pupils in overcoming barriers to success and move on towards reaching their goals through individual target setting and a personalised curriculum which combines academic learning with social skills, the development of greater self-awareness and reflective strategies and improved motivation to tackle problems and see tasks through.


We achieve this by careful planning through our School Action Plan.




NWKAPS was judged outstanding by Ofsted in July 2013. This has been a followed by a period of change. The present Head Teacher appointed in September 2015 and her staff are committed to maintaining high standards in all areas of school life. The service is working towards good or better outcomes in all areas to be inspected under the current Ofsted Framework for Inspection.


We enjoy positive relationships with parent and/or carers as well as with all the stakeholders.


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Mission Statement

"Providing a safe and welcoming learning environment where individual achievements are valued and respected"


Head of Service:                     Marie Woolston


Address:                                 NWKAPS, The Rosemary Centre

                                               189 High Road,

                                               Dartford, DA2 7DP

General Enquiries

Telephone:                             01322 228395

Email:                                     officerc@nwkaps.kent.sch.uk

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