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Pastoral

Key Workers

All students have a named key worker from the Care Staff Team who will provide pastoral support and guidance both in and outside the classroom.

The key worker will also help create opportunities for students to pursue new experiences and improve their social and independence skills. These may include external courses, educational trips and independent travel training.

Residential Provision

Meadows School provides the opportunity for students to board weekly. The Pines residential house is in the local community and welcomes students from Monday to Friday during term time. It is a mixed-gender unit.

The residential unit is staffed between 07:30 am and 10:30 pm by a team of Residential Project Workers, with a member of staff also sleeping-in when young people are in residence. As well as working one-to-one with individual young people, they form close links with parent/carers, local authorities and other involved parties to wrk together in the best interests of the young person.

The Pines residential house offers excellent accommodation, including:

  • single spacious bedrooms, some with en-suite facilities
  • a comfortable well furnished lounge
  • a games room
  • a dining room and kitchen.

Residential students said that they feel safe, and that they can approach staff with any worries or concerns they have (Ofsted Care, 2019)

Day Pupil Facilities

Day students are expected to arrive at school from 8:30 am ready for the start of school at 9am. A ‘Breakfast Club’ provides drinks and toast, although this should not take the place of breakfast at home.

The Day Team is somewhere to go when you don’t feel right and are worried and need to talk. They come to your house and help you. They talk to you and give advice. They help me understand why I get in trouble and how I can change it. They use the word ‘potential’ a lot, always saying I have it and should use it more, it’s good. When I do something bad they speak to my parents but they don’t phone about the little things, unlike my old school. We work it out in school instead. - Jamie, a day pupil.