I do hope you and your family are well.
As we move into week 5 of the ½ term, I thought it might be useful to write to you with a few updates.
We are really pleased to have our whole school community back together and whilst there are a few staff working off site with a very small number of students receiving a blended curriculum of face to face and on-line/virtual learning and outreach, whilst in transition, our school environment is busy and productive once again. Whilst not surprisingly there have been a lot of changes to embed into our daily routine, our boys are adapting exceptionally well and are settling back in with the support of those who know them well. The bubbles are one change that we are continually keeping under review. We want students to be with their friends and peer groups, yet we also know the importance of keeping groups small, in our response and duty to try and reduce contact and limit movement between groups. I know that there is a great deal of understanding from families and we have really appreciated the feedback which is helping us learn from the new ways of working.
Whilst we are trying to reduce the amount of information you receive, all schools have been asked to share the letter enclosed from the Department for Health and Social Care which sets out when a COVID test should be sought. Although it’s info that we are already aware of, I’m hopeful it provides as a timely reminder for us all. I am also attaching a document produced by Greater Manchester, which may prove as a useful one stop guide.
As I’m sure families will be aware, the school really tries hard to promote and celebrate our students’ hard work and achievements through our Social Media pages, and as a reminder I’m highlighting the route to Facebook and Twitter. There are some really great examples of students having fun, taking on challenges, such as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks this last weekend, and progressing socially and academically.
It has been really heartwarming to receive letters, cards and emails of thanks over this last month and I thank you for your continued support.
We work with children and young people aged 5-19 across a broad spectrum of social, emotional and mental health challenges and use our knowledge, experience and expertise to help them ‘become the best they can be’. Common diagnoses and learner profiles amongst our students include ADHD, PDA, FASD, Autism and Attachment Disorder.
We are proud to have received an Ofsted judgement of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas across the school (March 2018) and have been Ofsted Social Care Outstanding for 15 consecutive years.
We primarily offer Day and Residential Education/Care over four nights a week from our school in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, although we can also accommodate flexible Extended Day placements and bespoke learning pathways in our specialist environment. We provide a 24 hour, integrated curriculum with sensory strategies, communication interventions, exceptional therapeutic services and family outreach. Improving Quality of Life underpins all our work.
“We promote a positive sense of self, high aspirations and endless opportunities to achieve outstanding outcomes. We plant the foundations for health, happiness and growth by building strength, confidence and resilience, a like for learning and a tool box to help manage life’s challenges. We teach right from wrong, a positive mind-set and the belief and value of a ‘can do’ approach. We aim for our children to become respectful citizens who have the ability to form healthy relationships and contribute to society, through social and moral purpose and economic responsibility. All our young people are offered bespoke transition to adulthood, College or University.”
Sue Ackroyd PRINCIPAL
The school functions as a mutually beneficial community, where staff and students experience everyday life alongside each other (we raise thousands of pounds each year for our chosen charities). We are passionate and committed to sharing our practice and providing school to school support. Further publications, conference appearances, teaching commitments and research related to ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma are current projects.
Beyond our doorstep, the school has a presence as a national and international centre of excellence within the SEN sector. We regularly present at conferences and universities in the fields of Education, Mental Health and our Psychotherapy team is considered as leading the field in working with complex and developmental trauma in the UK. We are heavily involved with national memberships such as Engage, and NASS and have been active in setting up and hosting the NASS Teaching and Learning peer review group across the North. We make a valuable contribution, including consultancy, specialist training and support to schools requiring improvement and, advice to other social care provisions locally, regionally and nationally.
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