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Leisure and Learning through Independent Living Skills

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Keeping busy, Having Fun, Learning and Relaxing are all incorporated into the day.

We are very fortunate to be based on a large beautiful rural site. It is perfect for walking, bike riding, go karting, sports and exploring safely. Other onsite activities include ball pool, trampoline, sensory rooms, craft, cookery, music and dancing, reading, film nights, discos, snooker and computer games.

The school has a fleet of vehicles including people carriers and minibuses. These are well used to accommodate a variety of outings locally and further afield including parks, forests, wildlife centres, coastal visits, shops, London venues, restaurants, local community events, cinema, ten pin bowling, outdoor activity centres and karaoke evenings. All outings are carefully risk assessed and well staffed.

Independent Living Skills targets

Alongside Care Plans, every pupil and student has Independent Living Skills targets. Realistic targets, carefully tailored to the individual, are designed to promote maximum independence, inclusion and participation throughout the waking day. Using the Essential Skills framework, targets are set in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary teams, families and, where appropriate, the young person themselves. These are regularly reviewed to ensure all our pupils are achieving to the very best of their abilities.

House Challenges

House Challenges are an imaginative set of homework challenges for all pupils and students to complete during the evenings and at weekends. Challenges are varied and set at a level that everyone can take part. Challenges may include visiting off site venues, collecting items in a supermarket, finding nature items outdoors, art work, star finding, cookery, organising an event or sensory experiences among others. Half termly celebrations of challenge achievements take place as a whole school event with many young people receiving Gold certificates.