The Rosemary Centre in Wilmington, Dartford, offers full time places for up to 24 students who would benefit from a period of respite in order to address behavioural issues which are putting them at risk of exclusion in their mainstream setting. The majority of the pupils who come to the centre are expected to return to their home school or are accessing the provision as part of a planned and agreed managed move to a new school. Only a small minority of pupils are permanently excluded and the aim with these pupils is still to work towards reintegration into a new school after the 14 week respite period. Like the Primary Provision, the Rosemary Centre operates a "revolving door" policy with the aim of supporting pupils back into the mainstream environment.


The Rosemary Centre offers a structured and "school-like" environment where pupils are able to reflect and analyse their own thinking patterns and behaviours whilst developing strategies to allow them to return to the larger mainstream environment. It would be unrealistic to assume that pupils who attend the centre for a period of respite always return to their schools "fixed", and the aim is rather to break the cycle, make improvements and be able to return to school having begun a positive journey and facing in the right direction. The Rosemary Centre is part of a transitional journey towards improved behaviour and attitude. Therefore, the importance of partnership working with schools in supporting the pupils and building capacity in mainstream cannot be emphasised strongly enough!


All pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum and have the opportunity to engage in daily behavioural intervention work. Outreach support is provided during the reintegration period and is a planned strategy agreed with the receiving school.



Centre Manager: Paul Marshall

Address: The Rosemary Centre, 189 High Road, Dartford, DA2 7DP

Telephone: 01322 228395




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


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