Rowden House School is an independent specialist day and residential school for young people aged 8 to 19 years with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.
We offer day and residential placements ranging from 38 to 52 weeks. Each student has their own learning programme which meets each learners needs in an holistic way. We place strong emphasis on developing students communication skills and improving behaviours. Young people receive specialised input from clinical professionals, including Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Clinical and Educational Psychology.
All our students are individuals in their own right and we value their diversity. Our aim is to support all of the young people in our care to fulfil their potential, develop their independence and equip them with the skills for adulthood.
We encourage all our students to develop a positive self-image, promoting their ability to express their personal preferences through informed choice. This develops confidence, enabling them to realise their full potential and grow into happy and healthy adults.
How is a decision made about the type and level of support my child will receive?
This is determined through the requirements in your child?s Statement of Special Education Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan and other information gained during the referral and the assessment process.
After we have assessed your child we send our assessment report to the local authority. This report will give details of the level of support we feel your child requires. The local authority and other agencies then review the report and agree whether or not to fund your child?s placement at the school.
We will plan the young person?s transition with you, as well as professionals to ensure this is as smooth as possible.
How will staff support my child?
We work in a interdisciplinary way, where care and education are integrated. We are unique in our approach in that the care staff support students in the home as well as the school, ensuring consistency across both settings. Evidence shows that this is the best way for young people to thrive and develop their independence.
We have an experienced staff team who receive comprehensive ongoing training to keep them up to date with latest practice. Young people are supported by our onsite support services which include a Consultant Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist and Health Promotions Manager.
All young people have a Placement Plan which includes health and wellbeing. This is reviewed in consultation with the Health Promotions Manager. Each young person is registered with the local GP, Dentist and Opticians. If required they have access to the CAMHS service. We encourage the use of community health appointments but for students who are not ready to attend these we develop individualised health care access. This enables young people to become familiar with different locations and health professionals at their own pace.
We support young people to be active and eat a healthy diet as this is essential in supporting their physical and emotional wellbeing. Staff are trained in the following healthcare: Medication Epilepsy Nutrition Mental Health
How will the curriculum be matched to my child?s needs and how do you track my child?s progress?
The objectives on each students Statement of Educational Needs are used to produce the Individual Learning Plan which consists of annual objectives and termly targets. This provides opportunities for students to demonstrate and celebrate their achievements. Educations programmes are based on the EQUALS curriculum Framework. Progress is recorded and evidence collated. Parents and professionals are involved in these reviews.
The Statement is reviewed annually in consultation with parents and representatives from the authority. All young people are encouraged to attend their review but in all cases students are asked to provide their views in an appropriate format.
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom?
Our approach to education ensures that learning experiences extend beyond the classroom encompass every opportunity for students to develop to their full potential.
Supporting young people to enjoy life and to be success is at the centre of everything we do. We encourage students to pursue their hobbies, as well as supporting them to try new experiences. Evening activities are planned and include youth clubs, swimming, cinema and bowling and eating out. There are also lots of activities to join in with on the campus; all students have access to a large playground and leisure barn.
We have numerous vehicles to allow trips far and wide and we also make use of public transport, to ensure students have the opportunity to learn to travel in a more independent way.
We are committed to ensuring that no young person is stopped form experiencing and enjoying their childhood because of barriers their disability may put in their way.
What specialist services, training and expertise are available?
We have an interdisciplinary team consisting of highly skilled and experienced education, care and therapy staff.
As part of their induction all staff undertake a comprehensive induction training programme which includes mandatory training. Staff are given additional training over their probationary period which is specific to meeting the needs of the students. All staff working in Children?s Residential services are supported to complete Diploma Level 3 Children and Young People?s Workforce. Registered Managers are supported to achieve Diploma Level 5 Leadership and
Management in Residential Services. Training is regularly refreshed and any improvements and alterations to best practice are cascaded throughout the school.
We have a Speech and Language Therapist and an Occupational Therapists. Our Occupational Therapist works with students to help them carry out the activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Our Speech and Language Therapist work with our students to give them skills to access learning, skills to function in society, motivation and confidence to communicate and the ability to generalise their skills in new settings and environments. In addition the Therapists play an important role in the training of all staff. As part of induction new staff have an introduction into the therapy needs of the students. This is followed by further workshops in which staff develop knowledge, strategies and skills for working with specific areas of Speech and Language, appreciating sensory differences and managing students free time.
We also have a full time Health Promotions Manager who oversees the well-being and health needs of students.
This includes person centred planning, medication, health issues and mental health issues. We also have excellent links with the local GP practice, Dentist and Opticians in the local town.
What support will there be for my child?s overall wellbeing?
Residential students have a bespoke care plan built around them. The level of support will be established by the multi-disciplinary team prior to the young person joining Rowden House.
For residential students the pivotal person in the young person?s care is their Key Worker. Each young person is nominated a Key Worker prior to their arrival.
The Key Worker will be the main contact for parents or carers, as well as professionals. They will act as an advocate for the young person, as well as their families and will attend all reviews and key meetings about that young person.
Each young person has a room of their own, personalised for them with help from their Key Worker, from the start of their time at the school.
Within education, a pastoral team provide one to one and group support to students, although all staff have the responsibility to ensure the well-being of students.
Our Health Promotions Manager monitors medication and the general well-being of students. She also provides support to all sites on Healthy School Initiatives.
How will you prepare my child for the next stage of their life?
We understand that changes can be worrying for students and their families and therefore transitions are managed in a timely and sensitive way.
We ensure that students make numerous visits to new settings with their Key Worker. Staff may transfer departments with the student or receiving staff will have had opportunities to get to know the student and have received training to support their individual needs.
From the age of 14 years we start the transition planning process in liaison with parents and professionals. The process involves considering future options and identifying an appropriate ongoing placement that appropriately meets individual needs.
Throughout their time at the school we work to develop life skills to enable students to become as independent as possible as they move into adulthood. This includes building their confidence and self-esteem, developing their communication skills, giving them the ability to self-manage their behaviours and social skills, the ability to keep themselves safe, developing their ability to take care of personal hygiene and shopping and cooking skills.
How do you work with and involve me in my child?s placement?
We recognise the important role that you as their parents/family have already played in your child's early care and education. We value your insight and knowledge about your child and the best ways to support them. We work closely with you throughout your child?s time at the school.
Parents are integral to our work and we encourage all parents to become fully involved in school life. You will be involved in any decision regarding your child?s placement and will be invited to all review meetings. We also welcome parents to visit their child as often as possible.
How accessible is the school environment?
Rowden House School is based in single storey buildings. To meet the Disability Discrimination act 2005, we have an accessibility plan which means that we frequently review how we can increase students participation in the school curriculum, improve the physical environment and expand the accessibility of the written information available.
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