As part of developing a sense of belonging, all students are allocated to one of the 7 units in the school. We have 3 dedicated day units and 4 mixed day and residential units. These are situated in and around the grounds of the school. The groups vary in size from 4 to 10 students. Some students have flexible boarding arrangements, only staying for a few nights each week. This provides them with respite from home and allows them to engage in the activities on offer.
The aim of the units is to provide a ‘homely’ space where students can relax after the rigors of learning. These spaces provide a vital opportunity for emotional support, social learning and the acquisition of independent living skills.
Each student has a placement plan which details their needs and how these will be met by the school. Each Student has both a Key worker and a ‘named person’. The ‘named person’ is someone generally independent of their teaching and direct care staff. This ensures that they have access to a range of trusted adults with whom they can share their thoughts and feelings.
The students start the day in their units. This provides them with a secure base from which to prepare for the day ahead. They return to their unit for breaks and lunch.
The students are provided with a nutritious healthy balanced diet. They are involved in choosing what they would like to eat and their feedback positively contributes to future menu planning. They eat in their units with their house parents. Providing a ‘family’ style eating experience provides opportunities to develop their social and emotional skills and social interactions.
For each student who accesses the residential provision in the school, they have their own room. This ensures the highest levels of safeguarding and provides them with a space which they can call their own.
The care model allows for the students to be supported in developing individual talents and interests. Each unit offers a range of activities for its students. These include swimming, bike riding, and climbing, cinema, shopping and movie nights. Some regular boarders access clubs independent of the school in the local community for example music lessons or cadets.
Maintaining contact with friends and family is important in the emotional wellbeing of the students. The dedicated House Parents maintain close contact with the families or those caring for the young people. This ensures that student’s needs are kept at the centre of what we do. It also ensures we are regularly reviewing the progress made by the students.