Acacia Hall Upper School

Excellent post-16 education for children with autism and learning disabilities

KISIMUL UPPER SCHOOL, at Acacia Hall, is set in 7 acres of grounds in a former rectory within the small Lincolnshire hamlet of Friesthorpe, close to the Lincolnshire town of Market Rasen. Kisimul's Lower School pupils transfer to the upper school on reaching the age of 16. All our pupils have Statements of Special Educational Needs or Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) which recommend programmes of education to address their diagnoses of autism, learning disabilities, global developmental delay, and challenging behaviour.

The school building is equipped to the highest standard. It has recently been extended outwards and upwards to provide three additional classrooms on the ground floor and a purpose-built eco block. At Acacia Hall the building, environment and grounds are adapted and utilised in ways which reflect the needs of the older age group. For instance, there is enough space for the school to keep its own small farm, with miniature animals. Pupils can help look after these, thus engendering a sense of responsibility towards other creatures as well as themselves. Also on our own land we grow some of our own food: this is planted, tended and gathered by our pupils for recreational as well as nutritional purposes.

The home and school have soft play areas and in the Hall there are several comfortable lounges, dining rooms and activity rooms. The old barn area was developed into a large play and sports barn to further enhance the site.

At all of our schools our mission is identical: to strive continuously for excellence in the care and education of our pupils. We provide a caring and homely environment at all times, where pupils live in family groups and can grow and develop their skills, individuality and independence. We constantly review our methods and their effectiveness, in order to achieve continuous improvement for each child and young adult.

All recent Ofsted inspections have graded the school and care home as Outstanding.

Read our 2009 Ofsted School Report
Read our 2012 Ofsted School Report
Read our 2013 Full Ofsted Care Report
Read our 2014 Interim Ofsted Care Report
Read our 2016 Ofsted School Report
Read our 2017 Full Ofsted Care Report

Head Teacher: Paul Routledge

Head of Care: Amanda Collins

Kisimul Upper School
Acacia Hall
Shortwood Lane

Tel: 01673 880022
Fax: 01673 880021