Options Kinsale School

Special needs catered for

Kinsale School is a specialist service providing care and education for children and young people aged 8 – 19 with a range of Complex Needs, including Autistic Spectrum Conditions, dyspraxia and ADHD, as well as impaired social or cognitive functioning due to early life trauma and attachment difficulties.

We are an ESTYN registered school and CIW registered children’s home, offering day and residential placements, with up to 52-week or 38-week (term-time) residential care provided (other bespoke Placements can be arranged) within specially adapted on-site accommodation.

Specialist facilities

Our expansive site and innovative facilities provide children and young people with opportunities to exercise choice and control safely. We offer an exceptional range of activities and amenities designed to promote the development of life skills and apply learning within a range of situations and settings.

The young people that we support have access to a wide range of on-site facilities which enable them to develop their skills and interests. Facilities include a bespoke autism friendly outdoor activity area, a sensory suite, a cinema and music room, a bistro café, specialist sports hall and fitness suite, horticultural and specialist art and craft areas.

Support services provided

Kinsale School is specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with autism, complex needs and associated learning disabilities as reflected in our multidisciplinary team, qualified staff, staff ratios, and purpose built specialist facilities.

Clinical support is led by the Head of Clinical Services and is delivered by a core team of clinicians to include Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists.

Our team reflects the needs of the young people that live and learn within the school and/or home, however additional support can also be accessed from other specialists within the wider Clinical Team. This enables us to be responsive to the newly identified, time limited or changing needs of an individual throughout their placement with us.

Home school links

Kinsale School delivers an adapted and differentiated National Curriculum for Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 in class sizes of 1 to 6. Students are able to access off-site work experience opportunities to support vocational learning, as well as accessing vocational learning areas on-site.

We promote the use of a range of approaches including SPELL and TEACCH, which are individually adapted to the needs of each student. Parents/carers play an essential role in the development and delivery of student’s individual programmes, and are considered as key members of the team.

Aims and philosophy

At Kinsale School we take a person-centred and outcomes focused approach to providing care and education designed to help each student exercise choice and control, increase their confidence and prepare for adulthood. We believe that education should be personalised and delivered in a variety of environments, with a curriculum that encourages the development of communication, social and life skills, as well as academic achievement. Each student’s individual learning abilities, requirements and academic progression are consistently monitored, to ensure that support remains proactive, learning opportunities are maximised and every individual achievement is celebrated.

Staff qualification and selection

At the Outcomes First Group we make a real commitment to training and developing our staff, which far exceeds regulatory required standards. Our training is focussed on the needs of the specific services as well as the individual employee and the company. We recognise that training, learning and developing our staff is key to delivering high quality services and to the success of our company.

Our commitment is to guarantee that all employees complete mandatory, refresher and specialist training and have the opportunity to undertake developmental training opportunities. 

We offer BILD accredited behaviour support training relevant to the service which equips employees with the knowledge and skills to manage a broad range of behaviours to ensure everyone’s safety in the workplace.

Outcomes First Group is committed to meeting regulatory qualification requirements and timeframes to ensure a suitability qualified, knowledgeable and competent workforce.


Options Kinsale School
Kinsale Hall,


01745 562500



[email protected]




Lydia Swinton

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Length of school year

Up to 52-week residential care, short breaks, outreach and day services

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On application


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