Junction 16


What We Do

Junction 16 is a service hosted by The Kingsmead School that commissions and quality assures alternative provision. This provision is available to schools across Derby City and neighbouring authorities.

Junction 16 offers young people personalised educational programmes to match individual need. The provision is available to all schools, including special schools and pupil referral units through a referral to the Secondary Placement Panel. Full details of what is available can be found in our J16 Booklet, you will find this as a link at the bottom of the page.

The Journey

Junction 16 started in Sept 2007, with the support of the 14-19 partnership, to support all Derby City Schools through a personalised placement programme offering full and part time provision for KS4 pupils. We have developed over the years and now offer provision across KS3 and KS4 – occasionally working with schools to develop individual programmes/provision in both KS2 and Post 16.

We continue to work with external providers on our framework, offering advice and guidance, with regular training offered being a key feature. We have offered a wide range of training from Behaviour Management Training to strategies to support ASD; First Aid and ongoing safeguarding. The commitment given from our providers ensures the best quality, opportunities and learning experience for the young people that attend.

Quality Assurance

We quality assure all external providers on a termly basis, this is a thorough and robust process which provides updates to schools on attainment, outcomes, provision offers, attendance and general feedback about their students. There is also weekly feedback to schools for any young person attending a part time placement allowing you to track their progress when out of your school environment. It is reassuring when a number of our providers explain to us that they see Kingsmead quality assurance procedures as a benchmark to other organisations and their own.

Recent Ofsted

Our most recent Ofsted Inspection (May 16) provided very positive feedback about our alternative provision. They were very impressed and extremely complimentary about the range of provision available through our framework and the rigour of the systems we have in place to oversee and quality assure.

If you require any further information about Junction 16, we are always happy to discuss what we do and work together to ensure we meet your specific needs. Any member of the team will be able to help you with any queries you may have.


Franky Boyland – Assistant Head
Vicki Grainger – Virtual Learning & Junction 16 Coordinator
Fiona Leach – Junction 16 Administrator

Please click the images below to view our full vocational placement booklet, or discrete placements booklet for 2017/18… (The page may take a while to load)

Junction 16 Booklet 2017-18Junction 16 Booklet 2017-18 Discrete Only