Physical Disability Resource Unit - Kennet School

Last updated: 22/03/2023

There has been a PD Resource at Kennet School for more than 40 years. A purpose built, and very impressive, state of the art Resource was opened in September 2013. The facilities include a physiotherapy room, a large, light and airy main room with social, kitchen and work areas, 2 classrooms and superb disabled toilet and personal care facilities.

The role of the PDR is to support pupils to enable them to access the curriculum, to integrate into the mainstream school and to develop into confident, independent young adults.

There are currently 19 pupils with EHC plans in the Resource, with a wide range of conditions and academic abilities. Support is individualised to meet their needs. All pupils are fully integrated into the main school, whilst others have an adapted curriculum to meet their physical, emotional, cognitive and or medical needs. We have a strong, experienced team including Welfare Assistants who support pupils in their medical, emotional and personal care.

We encourage parents to get in touch with concerns and to share information. There are regular meetings, including Integrated Therapy Reviews with the Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist as appropriate. The pupils’ views are listened to and older pupils are encouraged to take on the role of liaising about matters to do with their health, education and care.

Further information can be found at

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Owen Joyce
Contact Position
Teacher in Charge
01635 862121 Ext 223
Kennet School Website

Where to go

Kennet School
Kennet School
Stoney Lane
RG19 4LL

Time / Date Details

When is it on
School day is Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3.30pm Term time only.
Time of day
Session Information
Homework club after school
Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30pm

Other Details


Academy Mainstream School in partnership with Local Authority funded resource


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

An EHCP naming Kennet PDR is required. We would welcome any prospective pupils and their families to arrange a tour of Kennet School and our Physical Disability Resource before choosing our establishment. Please contact Mr. Joyce directly to arrange these. 


Other notes

What qualifications/experience do staff in the Provision have?

Teacher in Charge: BSc (Hons), PGCE. Experienced Physical Education teacher. Pastoral leadership for over a decade. 1:1 Maths, Science  and Btec teaching and support. Senior Mental Health Lead and Therapeutic Thinking trainer

Additional teacher: BA (Hons), PGCE. Primary trained teacher with experience in supporting pupils with a variety of needs.

Welfare staff: First Aid at Work. A range of medical training to meet individual pupils’ needs, including Manual handling.

What training and support is offered to mainstream staff?

  • Induction training for staff new to the school.
  • In house training as required.
  • Advice note for each pupil shared with all relevant staff.
  • Staff are encouraged to seek advice on meeting the needs of the pupils.
  • PD Resource staff visit lessons to offer advice.
  • Support for arranging school trips including risk assessment, accessibility and suitable transport.
  • Whole school training on additional needs from visiting professionals such as such as Speech and Language Therapists.

Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Pupils within the PDR may have specific dietary requirements which are met in conjunction with parents and external agencies as required.

Local Offer


The PDR supports children in Years 7 to 13 through mainstream lessons, over-teaching and in partnership with medical professional support, such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy. 

Minimum Staffing

1:1 or 1:2 in lessons, and 1:2 physiotherapy and welfare support.

Additional staffing is arranged to meet more complex needs with agreement from the LA.

Current Staffing for 19 pupils

Head of Resource 1

Teachers 1

Lead Welfare 1

Lead Welfare Assistants 2

High Level Teaching Assistant 1

Welfare Assistants 5

Teaching Assistants  7



Contact Name
Mr Owen Joyce
Contact Telephone
01635 862121
Contact Email
Kennet School PDR Link
SEN Provision Type
Physical Disability
Local Offer Age Bands
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18
Needs Level

General Provider

Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Inspection outcomes/quality awards

Kennet School was inspected during May 2016 and found to be Outstanding. OFSTED identified that 'Pupils who are disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs or disability make outstanding progress given their starting points. Their progress is significantly better than that of other pupils nationally'. The School holds a number of awards, including technology college, arts college, language college, National Healthy Schools Status, the Challenge Award, Exceptional Schools Award, Gold Arts mark and Sportsmark.

Kennet School's most recent inspection was an upgraded (section 8) in November 2022. The report particularly highlighted: 'Pupils with SEND in the specialist resourced provisions receive highly effective support from well-trained staff, so they can access the curriculum. Leaders clearly identify the support that pupils with SEND need. Teachers use detailed support plans to adapt lessons so that pupils achieve ambitious learning goals. Pupils with SEND achieve exceptionally well.'

Feedback and complaints procedure

Any complaints should be directed initially to the Teacher in Charge of the Resource, or to the Head teacher at the school. If issues remain unresolved the Service Manager for SEN and Disabled Children’s Team: SEN and DCT Service Manager West Street House West Street Newbury RG14 1BZ 01635 503646

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

All staff are DBS checked.

PDR staff are trained in manual handling to ensure all physical support is safe for both the pupil and staff involved.

All manual handling and intimate care needs are risk assessed, planned and parental and appropriate professional approval is acquired before action is undertaken.

Over 40 years of highly succesful support for children with physical disability.

Quality checks

  • DBS check

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