Goldwyn School supports young people with complex SEMH needs and is achieving outstanding results. Emma Lee-Potter meets principal Kerry Greene and finds out more about their approaches

From its dedicated teaching staff to the drivers who ferry students to and from school every day, Goldwyn School is an exceptional place.

Based on four sites in Kent, Goldwyn is a secondary special school that provides a high-achieving, creative education for 11 to 18-year-olds with complex social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. By the time they leave at the end of year 11, 12 or 13, the vast majority successfully progress to mainstream colleges, further training or employment.

The students’ complex SEMH needs are often coupled with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, ODD, anxiety and PTSD. Many may have difficulties in accessing classroom-based learning and they all have EHCPs in place.

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