Wilsic Hall School
Special needs catered for
A specialist residential school offering flexible education and care for young people aged 11-19, all of whom have complex needs including behaviour that may challenge and a learning disability, often in association with autism and communication difficulties.
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At Wilsic Hall School we use our rural setting as part of our extended curriculum to enhance the learning experience. We build our lessons around the school setting and enjoy taking lessons outdoors in our horticultural, woodland and large field areas.
We offer a wide range of learning experiences both in the school and in the wider community. Lessons are taught in well-resourced classrooms that have a teaching and kitchen area. We are focused on preparing our students for their adult life and transition skills are taught both in the education and care setting as part of our 24-hour curriculum. On site we have 6 classrooms, an art room, an ICT suite, a multi-sensory room and a school hall. Throughout the working week the students will attend their own classroom sessions with their teacher and they will also experience sessions led by speech and language therapists, behaviour therapists, occupational therapists and qualified dance teachers.
Wilsic Hall School also offers a variety of activities in the community that the students can attend weekly. Students can go swimming, shopping, to the library, horse riding, to the gym and on many other activities in the local community. The curriculum aims to develop successful, confident and responsible young people and combines individualised learning programmes and recognized, strategic frameworks in order to address the complex needs of our young people.
Support services provided
We operate a truely multi-disciplinary approach to assessing and appropriately supporting our young people. This approach seeks to address learning by clear identification of an individual’s developmental needs. This includes all the necessary skills for emotional and behavioural development, personal identity, social relationships, academic work, health and self-care, personal safety, general home/life skills and developing independence. Our multi-disciplinary team includes teachers, tutors, teaching assistants, support workers, consultant clinical psychologist, consultant psychiatrist, applied behaviour analysts, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists.
Home school links
We ensure all young people and their families, friends & key others can have regular, positive contact by a means which best suits them e.g. visits, ‘phone, Skype, emails, MSN messaging & webcam. We recognise the importance of promoting family life & a sense of belonging. We actively support family visits; we have a private family room on site which includes a kitchen area, TV, sofa, dining room & games, which allows for families to have time together. There is additional family accommodation based at one of our other sites which parents can book to give a variety of options to support ongoing family contact. We also support with transport which might include taking a young person home for a period of time and collecting them, which enables a young person to have a continual presence within their local community & wider family circle.
Wilsic Hall School is set on its own beautiful, 14 acre grounds providing a large, safe site with a range of residential properties to meet a full range of needs, in high quality, therapeutic flat and house settings with private, enclosed gardens. The excellent on-site facilities compliment and enrich the lives of those who come to live and learn with us.
Aims and philosophy
Our mission is to enable people with complex needs to achieve their full potential. We aim to offer the best possible care, education and vocational opportunities for all our young people. With over 20 years experience of providing specialist services at the school, the staff at Wilsic Hall School pride themselves on offering a highly professional, residential and educational provision offering individualised, person-centred support that appropriately meets every young persons’ needs.
Staff qualification and selection
Following a full interview process, including DBS and reference checks, all staff complete a comprehensive 2 week corporate induction programme, followed by a 1 week induction within the service. All are registered during induction to complete the Children’s and Young People Workforce Diploma. Existing staff are already qualified to post NVQ 3. Learning and development is continual. The service training programme is based on the empathic, ethical & preventive model of support, ‘Therapeutic Crisis Intervention’ (TCI). Training covers de-escalation & physical intervention, safeguarding, e-safety, first aid, food hygiene, fire, Health + Safety, manual handling, medication, epilepsy, Pathological Demand Avoidance, health and nutrition, working with families, transition, trauma/attachment/resilience, post crisis response, pathway planning, support planning, record keeping & professional etiquette.
The training programme is updated throughout the year, and is based on the needs of the young people. Additional training includes Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) levels for managers, supervision & appraisal, safer recruitment, rewarding positive relationships, PECs & rebound training.