St Elizabeth’s School has nine purpose built houses. All offer ground floor accommodation and some are adapted for pupils and students who have specific mobility needs. All of our houses are fully accessible for disabled pupils and students.
Houses are bright, welcoming and decorated and furnished to a high standard. Staff work hard to create a family atmosphere throughout the residential accommodation providing the pupils and students with a ‘home from home’ for their time at school. Houses provide communal living areas, dining areas and kitchens to promote social interaction and friendships. The houses are a fun place to be.
The main meal of the day is provided by the on site catering service. All other meals are prepared on the houses and pupils/students are encouraged to take as much part as possible. Many students prepare meals as part of their individual life skills programme. A variety of dietary needs relating to health, preferences and culture are provided for within the menu. Many of the students are involved in food purchasing and menu planning.
Each pupil and student has their own single bedroom which they are encouraged to personalise with their belongings, posters, photos and bedding if they wish to. Over half of the bedrooms have en suite shower and toilet facilities.
Every bedroom is linked to specially designed night monitoring equipment. Audio, movement and visual technology is used at night by the waking night team to ensure the safety of all pupils and students. This ensures that all pupils and students receive appropriate, timely and planned care for their Epilepsy and other complex needs throughout the night. Night time care plans are based on thorough and individual risk assessments. Visual monitoring would only be used after careful consultation with families, authorities and the young person where appropriate. Visual monitoring also supports the EEG equipment that is available on site.