DesignationSpecial  Education
Complex Learning Needs
No of Places318
Age Range4-19

Bradfields Academy is an innovative and forward-looking specialist SEND provision which provides education for students who experience a co-morbidity of complex learning disabilities and difficulties [CLDD] including speech, language, emotional, sensory, physical and autistic spectrum disabilities. It aims to be a leading centre of excellence in the Special Education Sector where students can thrive and fully develop their cognitive, social and emotional skills in order to take a full, active and responsible role in their local community and beyond as Global Citizens and Ambassadors for students with disabilities.

Bradfields converted to an academy in April 2014 following a universal decision by staff and governors to step away from Medway LA and seek its own destiny independently but still to the benefit of children and young adults in Medway and SE England. In September 2012 the school changed its registered designation with the DfE from 11-19 MLD/ASD with 235 students to 4-19 MLD/ASD with 275 students. This followed a £1,5m build funded by Medway LA to include ASD students in the 4-11 age range with MLD and 11-16 age range with MLD.

In September 2014 the Academy roll was increased to 295 places as a result of the increased demand for places at Bradfields.  The Academy provides Outreach Support to Nursery; Primary & Secondary phase Schools/Academies within the Medway Towns as well as being contracted through the Teaching Schools to support on SEND. This has included work as far afield as Portsmouth Academy for Girls.

The academy is spread over a large campus with the Lower Site for students aged 4-14 [Primary Blue & Yellow Zones] and the Upper Site for students aged 15-19 [Blue, Red & Green Zones]. Bradfields Academy delivers the full EYFS & National Curriculum and Externally Accredited Qualifications via subject specialist teachers who are experienced in working with students with special educational needs. The curriculum is planned, delivered and assessed at a pace and level appropriate to individual need.

The academy has an overall teacher: student ratio of 1:4.5 which ensures that teaching groups are smaller in size [varying from 2:1 to 1:17]. As a result, staff are able to deliver a curriculum that includes developing positive relationships, self-esteem, confidence and the social/emotional skills to prepare students for both successful participation in their community and access to further education and/or the work place.

Bradfields prides itself in the quality of pastoral care and support available, which is key to our philosophy that every child matters. A particular strength of the academy is the extremely good working partnership between staff, students, parents/carers and the various support agencies. The quality of relationships and trust between staff and students is central to our aim that the provision is supportive, safe, stimulating, challenging and individually targeted to ensure that all students achieve high educational standards relative to their ability.

Our educational programme, which is cited as being excellent, has resulted in year on year improvements in exam passes and rates of progress that warranted an OFSTED outstanding judgement for achievement [2017]. Our pastoral programme is extensive and impacting on student well-being, resilience and self-esteem. It has been cited as ‘second to none’ by OFSTED [2012] and Outstanding in 2017.

We are an ambitious academy and look to provide the very best quality of specialist education to each and every one of our students.

Ms M Sweetlove
Executive Principal
Mr D Waters
Head of Academy