Care at The Grange
Some young people benefit from the residential experience at The Grange. Residential education can enhance the educational opportunities of young people who have significant difficulties in their home situations. The nurture and consistency offered by residential life offers essential stability and consistency which supports the school day and their ability to learn. We offer weekly boarding to enable pupils to gain valuable experience of the support we offer through the 24 curriculum or fortnightly boarding for young people who may need longer periods of stability and routine.
38 week care offers an individualised care programme that enables young people to develop independence and recreational skills that assist him in forming positive and appropriate relationships with peers and adults. Young people work towards agreed targets in managing their own behaviour and developing social skills. A healthy lifestyle is also promoted, through diet, exercise and personal care. We provide a range of successful experiences through activities offered in weekly and fortnightly care and place equal value on achievement and enjoyment. This is achieved through the young people contributing to care of the residential houses and their inclusion in a varied activity programme within school and in the local community, such as using local library and sporting venues. Some young people benefit from joining local organisations through sport or Air and Army cadets. We work in close collaboration with parents, carers and relevant professionals to meet the objectives of the young person’s Statement of Special Educational Need and more.
Care staff are all qualified to the NVQ Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care, Children and Young People, other senior care staff hold the Level 4 award and the new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. They are supervised and managed by an experienced senior care team and are committed to reflective practice through regular supervision and personal development opportunities. The care staff demonstrate appropriate role models and provide pupils with a stable and nurturing environment along with individual support to enable our young people to achieve the best outcomes for themselves.
38 week residential care of our pupils is provided in 3 residential houses.
The Spinney is in the village, separate from the main house and close to the Lower School building. The Spinney provides a lovely modern family home with its own grounds and paddock area. The Spinney is for our younger pupils.
The Manor is a separate house within the grounds, and is for residential pupils years 9 to 11. Other year 9 to 11 pupils live at The Hayne, in the town of Oakham. Both of these houses support independence skills development through individual target setting and opportunities to engage in community based activities.
Each house is an independent social group, although there is some crossover through the range of school activities offered. The houses provide a very high standard of living accommodation, a homely atmosphere and opportunities for the pupils to engage in a variety of activities that support the 24 hour curriculum. Teaching staff work along-side care staff in the evenings, not only to provide educational activities, but to provide a continuity of approach to care and education.
We encourage young people to use community based activities such as swimming pools, bowling, golf, the local gym and skateboard parks. We take full advantage of our rural setting, providing activities that give young people experiences to appreciate all that the country side has to offer through walking activities that involve learning. Fortnightly weekend boarding is offered through placement planning with parents and the Local Authority.
Each house has a team of care staff who provide care to the group and individual support through the “Personal Support Worker” system. A Personal Support Worker is a key-working role responsible for meeting all day to day care needs of the pupil, providing individual support and target planning. They also provide a main point of contact for parents. The care teams work with teaching and therapy teams to support the pupil’s social and emotional development.
We have received outstanding judgements by Ofsted in all areas for our residential care in July 2012