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Phoenix is Laleham Gap School's residential boarding provision which is located in a separate building on the school site and is registered with Ofsted. The provision is on the top floor and was named CENTAUR by the residential pupils in 2015. Pupils of both genders board for up to 38 weeks of the year, during the week, Monday afternoon to Friday morning.


Unfortunately, following a Kent County Council public consultation ending in July 2018, it was announced that due to a continued decline in numbers, the residence will be closed in July 2020. Unfortunately this now means that we are no longer accepting new referrals to our residential provision.


Each pupil has their own room which is en-suite, has been newly refurbished and includes a laptop for private study. All pupils are encouraged to personalise their bedroom.


Enriching the pupil's lives through a sustained programme of fun, enjoyment and learning is our objective. To achieve this, the residential provision provides an extensive leisure programme which promotes social, health and education development. There are strong and effective links with the school staff to ensure that learning outcomes are promoted. There is also an extensive life skills programme which helps prepare the pupils with the independence skills they will need post Laleham Gap.


We have a very well trained, experienced and long standing staff team who provide a high level of support which includes 1:1 keyworking.


We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with both the pupils and their parents/carers and always seek to ensure that the care we provide is consistent with parent's/carer's wishes.


Placements are funded by the Local Education Authority.

What Ofsted Say:


  • A high level of skilled support has made a significant difference to children’s quality of life, and in more than one case this has had a life-changing impact.


  • Developing children’s independence is central to the work of the residential provision and leads to children having a greatly increased ability to meet their own needs.


  • Managers and staff identify when things are not going well for children and take decisive action to address the issues.
  • Children unable to attend the school due to their health are supported extraordinarily well, including close collaboration with families and professionals to prepare for the children’s reintegration.


  • Staff help children to keep themselves safe and to anticipate potential risks, with some undertaking their own risk assessments for activities they would like to participate in.


  • Highly experienced care staff work closely with other disciplines across the school to share their expertise and gain from the skills of others. This leads to collaborations that enhance children’s progress and positive experiences.


  • Care staff have a deep understanding of care and affection for children. Children respond well to this and have one or more trusting relationships with those who care for them, which gives them the confidence to face the challenges of their lives.

Ofsted Residential Report, February 2019