KMS provides a welcoming environment for young people to learn, who are not accessing mainstream education at either school or college. Most of the students that attend KMS have 'special educational needs' (SEN) often undiagnosed. The service also caters for learners with mental health difficulties such as social anxiety, for whom many have missed large parts of their education despite being academically very able. KMS work towards removing some of these obstacles to learning adopting a calm approach and nurturing environment.
Primarily we aim to raise standards in the core subjects (English, Maths and Science). However, we offer a broad and varied range of subjects and approaches which help to ensure young people stay engaged and interested.
Our post 16 students are offered a choice of 'preparation for life and work', Land based and equine studies and food technology which can act as a foundation for future progression pathway into their chosen career.
All courses offer work placements and experience which many students have not previously experienced.
All students work towards relevant qualifications, awards, certification, or accreditation depending on their own individual needs and requirements.
A key part of the service that KMS offer is a mentoring service. Mentoring is one to one time between a mentor and their mentee. Mentoring provides emotional support, guidance and a sense of continuity and stability, which may otherwise be missing in their lives. At its most basic level, mentoring guarantees a young person someone who will be there for them, someone with whom they can build a relationship and over time trust that they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.
Through successful mentoring constructive friendships are born in which mentee's learned to trust and value their mentor. Mentors offer their time to young people by providing guidance and moral support, assisting with the development of essential social skills, and enabling the young person to recognise their own strengths, grow in confidence and overcome difficulties.
KMS actively encourage young people to participate in activities, in doing so we aim to create an effective setting for the mentor to work.
Through observation and participation in activities our mentors can begin to evaluate and respond to areas a young person needs support in to develop essential life skills. Activities are leisure based but tailored to the needs and abilities of each individual young person.
Typically our tuition service caters for children and young people who are not accessing conventional school placements due to a variety of unique circumstances.
These can include:
We were recently awarded an outstanding achievement award from the 'Virtual School' in Kent for our excellent work with 'looked after children'