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Activities and facilities

We use residency as an opportunity to guide pupils towards developing new interests and hobbies, as well as to support any existing ones they may have. Activities are chosen for their ability to meet individual pupils’ needs and interests and be replicated in the student’s own community.

Our residential homes aim to give pupils a greater appreciation of what is around them and provide an insight into areas they may not have previously had the opportunity to experience. Activities include:

  • Accessing local parks
  • Brownies
  • Cadets
  • Community-based drama group
  • Dry-slope Skiing
  • Library
  • Scouts
  • Themed nights
  • Visiting and using local Leisure Centres.
  • Youth Clubs

Ofsted commented…

“The school uses residency to guide pupils towards developing new interests and hobbies, as well as supporting any existing ones they may have. Full use is made of both local community facilities and where appropriate, facilities in a pupils home area. Activities are chosen with care to promote a pupils interest, meet their individual needs and provide new experiences that can be replicated in a pupils own community.”

Ofsted, March 2016

Involving young people in the care they receive

Residential pupils are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of the homes, such as:

Meal preparation

Students plan meals with staff, go shopping for ingredients and then either cook for themselves or help with meal preparation.

Activity planning

We have a girls and a boys group which meets each Tuesday evening. Pupils and staff have come together to create an activities programme which incorporates educational, fitness and social activities.

Domestic chores

Young people are expected to contribute to domestic chores, including hoovering, washing and ironing. Keyworkers are always on hand to provide support and guidance, where required.

Ofsted commented…

“Feedback received from pupils and parents demonstrates the value they put on the residential provision. For example, in the targeted work with residential pupils to promote and increase their independence skills. This leads to them creating appropriate social networks, developing strong and lasting friendships and integrating into local communities as they develop new skills. As a result, their confidence and self-esteem increases greatly.”

“Pupils thrive in a social environment that has structure and adherence to appropriate boundaries, which gives them a sense of responsibility and duty towards others in a group living situation. They enjoy spending time and socialising with other pupils who they often form strong friendships with.”

Ofsted, March 2016