The residential experience provides a 24 hour curriculum for the pupils and the benefits to those pupils include the following:
Pupils have a safe, comfortable, stable environment in which to study, interact with their peers and work with a range of adults who offer good role models.
They are able to improve their independence at all levels. For many this is their first experience of sleeping away from home and for others this is an opportunity for learning a range of independence skills which will enable them to live a fully independent adult life.
The pupils are able to improve their social skills. Many of our pupils live a very isolated existence at home and they may not have many friends in the area where they live. Their school friends may live many miles away. Residence gives children the skills and confidence to build relationships and to be a part of a group working to a common purpose.
The pupils in residence acquire far better communication skills, and a rich diversity of opportunities for developing speaking and listening skills are included in the curriculum. Self advocacy skills are introduced and developed.
Residence gives an opportunity to address certain medical conditions such as enuresis, or incontinence and allows the effective supervision of certain medications, the supervision of diet and the support of basic hygiene programmes.
Pupils can receive help with their homework. Many of our older pupils are working towards externally accredited qualifications which require work outside the school day These pupils will have the necessary support and working conditions to help them succeed. Pupils will be encouraged to read to an adult on most nights.
Pupils are able to access a wide range of activities which they might not otherwise have the confidence to take part in, they include sports, youth clubs, leisure, community etc.
The school benefits by the consistent 24 hour approach to educating the pupils. Pupils are able to achieve far higher standards and qualifications through the extension activities which continue after the end of the school day. By using the same staff in the residential and day school a high level of consistency can be provided and the pupils’ IEPs and IRPs can be closely aligned.
The residential experience is a very popular option and it is extremely effective for providing positive reinforcement of pupils who have behavioural difficulties. There are many pupils who would probably have failed at the school had the residential placement not been an option.