Statement of Principles and Practice
Wishmore Cross Academy is a publicly funded independent state school and is part of the Academies Enterprise Trust. The Academy is situated in Chobham, Surrey and draws pupils from a range of backgrounds, both urban and rural, across Surrey and also neighbouring LEAs.
The Academy is a special school for young people all of whom have a statement identifying social, emotional and mental health difficulties as their primary need. The Academy can admit up to 80 boys between the ages of 9 to 16 and can offer up to 22 residential places on a flexible basis for up to 4 nights per week.
Underpinning the Academies Enterprise Trust’s (Special) vision is our commitment to the inclusion of young people with special needs and disabilities in our society. This begins by offering an outstanding education and is supported by our commitment to life-long learning. It also addresses negative attitudes, lack of services or ready access to them and other harmful social, economic and cultural barriers.
The staff and governors provide a highly effective and individual package of education, care and pastoral support to young people who may have only negative experiences of school. A safe, caring environment supported by high levels of staffing ensures that each pupil has the opportunity to make progress and achieve their full potential.
The high quality of education on offer in a caring environment provides a positive choice for parents and young people. Wishmore Cross Academy is committed to a strong partnership between home and school in order that pupils achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum.
The school has an excellent reputation amongst parents and the local community, and is at the heart of a network of special academies providing expertise, training and resources to both teaching and non-teaching professionals, parents and carers
At Wishmore Cross Academy, we have a modern purpose built residential facility Cedar House. Within the house are three eight bedded units where the boys have either single or shared rooms which they can personalise and there is a large lounge, kitchen and shower or bathrooms. The units offer a safe, Friendly and caring environment where staff help to support, offer consistency and continuity in behaviour management, encourage young people to take responsibility for their own actions and make informed decisions.
We are able to offer flexible boarding for 2, 3 or 4 nights each week in order that we can meet individual needs of young people. Boarding has the advantage of improving attendance and can help young people make a wider circle of friends and settle into academy life much quicker.
As part of our evening activities programme we include at different times throughout the year mountain biking, astro turf football, badminton, bowling, laser quest, pool, snooker, tracking, dodge ball, golf, playstation, xbox, art and craft, cookery, swimming and trips out to places of interest such as Windsor, Boxhill and the beach. Each unit has it's own computer and internet access and this is used in the evening as well as playing a variety of games.
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