Centre Class in Swanley, offers full time places for up to 24 students who would benefit from a period of respite in order to address behavioural issues which are putting them at risk of exclusion in their mainstream setting. The majority of the pupils who come to the centre are expected to return to their home school or are accessing the provision as part of a planned and agreed managed move to a new school. Only a small minority of pupils are permanently excluded and the aim with these pupils is still to work towards reintegration into a new school after the 14 week respite period. Like the Primary Provision, the Rosemary Centre operates a "revolving door" policy with the aim of supporting pupils back into the mainstream environment.
Centre Class offers a structured and "school-like" environment where pupils are able to reflect and analyse their own thinking patterns and behaviours whilst developing strategies to allow them to return to the larger mainstream environment. It would be unrealistic to assume that pupils who attend the centre for a period of respite always return to their schools "fixed", and the aim is rather to break the cycle, make improvements and be able to return to school having begun a positive journey and facing in the right direction.
All pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum and have the opportunity to engage in daily behavioural intervention work. Outreach support is provided during the reintegration period and is a planned strategy agreed with the receiving school.
Centre Manager: Paul Marshall
Address: Centre Class, St Mary's Road, Swanley, BR8 7TE
Telephone: 01322 665209