It’s been more than 12 years since Kedleston was “born”. Developed by Paul Brosnan and Tony Hurran, the vision was simple; to provide high quality schooling and care environments for the children the system does not work for. Our early ethos (which continues today) was one of mutual collaboration and hard work between staff, pupils and other stakeholders.
We began by acquiring a majority stake in Wings School Cumbria, where Paul and Tony worked with the team there to substantially improve the facilities. This included developing a state-of-the-art gymnasium to nurture the considerable talents of the school’s many very able sportsmen and sportswomen - as it continues to do today.
As demand for the quality services offered by Kedleston grew, so did our group. We now have 10 schools across England, six of which were developed as completely new, bespoke provisions. The others were brought into the group as early-stage developments from founders who share the same vision of hard work and high aspirations for children.
Today, our more than 500 staff, who share considerable industry expertise, are at the forefront of innovative and exciting teaching and care support. They work alongside highly-skilled clinical teams. Our Governance, Recruitment, HR, Quality and other teams also provide a support framework for the schools, allowing them to concentrate on the children.
More than 350 children are currently educated and cared for by Kedleston. Each is supported to be very much their own person, with their own individual needs met. Broadly we support children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and those with an autism spectrum condition and our schools are developed to provide environments sympathetic to their needs.
We have an enviable reputation for positively challenging children to achieve as much as they can in life. These achievements include school trips which have taken in Trekking in Nepal, Skiing in Snowy Valley, Canada and walking the poignant battle fields of the Somme to name but a few.
We are always highly ambitious for our children and know that achievement for each child is something which is individually measured. Helping young people achieve their potential remains our focus now as it was when we began.
Paul still leads the organisation today and will often be seen sitting with children in school asking them about their learning, their sporting activities, achievements of the school and their plans for the future.