The Polar Re-start Centre


Our new provision is now open to referrals for September 5th 2022 start

Polar is a multiple resource re-start centre designed to support a range of young people whose primary need is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. We offer a safe and nurturing environment which enables pupils to achieve their potential.

Our empathetic staff work closely with pupils to build trusting relationships which form the basis of everything we do. We acknowledge the uniqueness of each person and we identify individual strengths and needs, then differentiate the curriculum accordingly.

The centre only accommodates 12 young people at a time therefore the young people are given many opportunities to develop their chosen working style, albeit in pods or a group setting

We help our pupils develop their emotional resilience to cope with successes and disappointments. We also encourage them to become independent learners.




Our pupil’s needs may be complex and challenging; including communication and interaction, cognition and learning needs in addition to SEMH.  We have created an environment where young people have an opportunity to access an individualised programme that meets their needs using bespoke Pods. Alongside this, young people will be encouraged to use the communal space for their social interaction and group learning.

We are attachment and trauma-informed, so are able to work sensitively to enable young people to feel safe, included within the school community and to attend regularly.


The centre will work with the the local authority, social workers and virtual schools to ensure a timely offer of placement.

During the time the young person attends the centre, they will complete a learning to learn programme which will fully equip them in their transition where appropriate, to their next educational provision. This will be an individualised programme based on past experiences of their education, learning style, personality, strengths and preferences. The young people will be encouraged to share their educational experiences and any concerns they may have about their learning

A learning to learn programme will be offered to the young people where they can start to familiarise themselves again with the expectations of a school day, such as time management, responsibility and the need for organisation and preparation.


  • Personalised programmes to help prepare young people for school

    The re-start programme uses assessment, strategy and support mechanisms to work through the challenges in their educational journey. It will prepare the young person for continued engagement in their learning journey.

    Specific individualised programmes will work on areas essential for the young person to master before they are able to fully focus on their education, such as responsibility, expectations, time management, attendance, routine, preparation, organisation, accepting and asking for support when needed and the mastering of alternative strategies to use when needed in order to reduce the risk of issues reoccurring.

    Short term interventions with agreed outcomes are delivered so the young person understands and is in agreement with what they need to do to move forward, using strategic learning to learn programmes with achievable opportunities to succeed, will help to raise self-esteem and build confidence, therefore placing the young person in a much better position to start to think about long term goals and aspirations.

    It is not possible in most schools for young people to be given the time to truly think about how they feel about a particular experience or issue they have been having, and the behaviour or disengagement that has resulted from it.

  • Giving young people a voice

    The Polar Re-start Centre encourages the young people to have a voice and for that voice to be heard. Parents, foster parents and all professionals involved with the young person have a part to play in this process and the centre will further support the parent/foster parents through signposting or referral to other appropriate services if needed. The network around the young person will be fully supportive and involved in the action plans and the young person will be encouraged to feedback positive aspects of their programme to the school and the network throughout their time at the centre.


Our Polar Re-start centre has much more proactive qualities. We are a learning to learn centre, we are teaching young people how to be in the small school environment and providing them with opportunities to re-engage in learning. Alongside the learning to learn programme there will be opportunities to access our comprehensive curriculum.

We have mentors who are highly experienced not only in the education system but also in behaviour management. We offer a learning environment that enables young people to work individually in Pods as well as being encouraged to come together in a bigger group environment developing social skills.

With the opening of the new centre, not only will we be trail-blazing a completely new way of supporting young people but we will be in the best possible place to support them before, during and after their transition and toward their best learning outcomes.

Director of Education

Toni Reedman
ISP School, Castlewood Farm, 3 Conyer Road, Teynham, ME9 9EA
01795 523900

Chair of Governors

Jacqui Ward
ISP School, Castlewood Farm, 3 Conyer Road, Teynham, ME9 9EA


Jo August - Polaris Community CEO 
Tunstall Court, Gore Court Road, Sittingbourne, ME10 1GL
01795 428097

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