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Ofsted Residential Report, November 2015

Residential Placements

We are looking to offer residential placements to SEMH pupils from neighbouring Counties and Boroughs, these may include areas such as: Hampshire, West Sussex, Berkshire, Hounslow, Richmond, Kingston and more.

We aim to provide this service on a discount off the Local Authority recoupment costs. Please contact the Principal's PA, Sharon Stephenson for further discussions.

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. In each unit there is a large lounge, kitchen and showers 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 residential stays for up to 4 nights each week. The residential provision supports improved attendance, provides wrap around, consistent care and opportunities for accelerating life and personal skills development and, as such, is a vital part of the wider Academy provision. There is an extensive programme of evening activities open to residential pupils and those boys engaging in an extended day.

As part of our evening programme we include a variety of activities ranging from mountain biking and badminton to laser quest and swimming as well as trips out to places of interest. Each unit has it's own computer and internet access and this is used in the evening for study as well as playing a variety of games.