Welcome to the Knoll School
The Knoll School, situated in and around a large house on the outskirts of Kidderminster, was founded in 1917 and became an Educational Trust in 1966. An extensive new building was opened in 1997 by Mr Tom O’Connor and in January 2003 our building programme was completed when Dr. R. Taylor M.P. opened our purpose built Nursery Unit.
The unit was featured in a Worcestershire County Council dvd "Choosing Childcare" as an example of good provision in the local area. You can view the section by clicking the link above.
We continue to be a very popular co-educational day school, catering for children from 3 months to 11 years of age.
As you would expect, we have high expectations of our pupils in all aspects of their academic, physical, social and moral education. This is achieved by an experienced and dedicated staff who provide a stimulating and challenging environment and give the children time, confidence, opportunity and guidance, enabling them to attain their true potential. The role of the parent also plays an integral part in the process and we are fortunate in having a supportive parent body whose efforts are highlighted by our thriving Parents’ Association.
Double Celebration for the Knoll
The Knoll School provides an 'outstanding level of care' and has maintained 'good, warm and supportive links with its parents and the community' according to its recent inspection report.
The Knoll school, celebrating its 90th anniversary this Autumn, was visited by registered inspector Mrs Ruth McFarlane on the 4-7th July 2007. Her team reported that 'by the time they leave pupils achieve standards far above national norms' and that they are 'well prepared for the next stage in their education.'
The excellent relationships between staff and pupils are highlighted as a strength of the school. Mr Humphreys, Headmaster, stated that he was delighted with the report and that the inspection team commented upon the caring and welcoming environment.
'This report reinforces what we already know about this school and rewards the hard work that all our staff, pupils and parents put in.'
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STRUCTURE AND PROGRESSION
THROUGH THE SCHOOL
The Knoll is a mixed ability school and members of the staff work in close liaison with each other, thus ensuring integration and continuity between each of the four major age groups. Although many of our pupils join First Steps, we are always prepared to welcome pupils throughout our age range, subject to the availability of places.
Entrance is by arrangement with the Headmaster. From Year 2 children wishing to join our school attend for an afternoon during which assessments are carried out on a one-to-one basis. A report is requested from the child’s present school before a place is offered formally.
|Children move from First Steps into our Nursery Class during the term in which they are three years old, or at any time during the following twelve months. Three morning sessions are the minimum requirement, although some children are full time, as this enables each child to build up relationships with their teachers
At rising 4 the children attend on five mornings during their first term. Afternoon sessions continue to be taken as and when required. By the following Summer Term the children are in their correct chronological age group and have become full-time members of the school. It is essential at this stage that early concepts are allowed to grow on a firm foundation.
Children then continue to move through Key Stage 1 and 2 (Year 1 - 6) within their class. Each child is an individual and consideration is always given to the best level to suit their needs at every stage.
As you would expect, our pupil: teacher ratio is excellent.