Evenings at Moor House are busy, with a wide range of options offered within Moor House grounds, at local facilities or through local clubs. Activities range from tennis at the local tennis club, arts and crafts, boxing club held within the Moor House sports complex, cooking activities and Duke of Edinburgh award activities. Every evening the sports complex houses several activities from softball to swimming.
When students aren’t involved in clubs and activities they join their care groups and make use of their own common room. Here they can relax, interact with friends, make snacks and watch TV. Students can continue to develop their communication skills, and build friendships in a natural but supportive environment with the assistance of adults who know and understand their needs. All students are supported with homework after school and day students are able to join in with some evening activities.
“The school offers an extensive choice of high quality activities. External instructors are employed to offer activities such as yoga, judo, drums, guitar, swimming, drama, dance, piano and singing lessons. There is a school link to Chelsea football club....As a result, young people develop a wide range of new skills and interests.” Ofsted Care Report 2014
Residential students register with the local school dentist and the visiting GP. Our Healthcare manager is on site at Moor House during the daytime, and an assistant is on site during the evenings. The Healthcare department works closely with our GP who holds a weekly clinic at school.
Some students are day students, going home each evening, whereas other students board at Moor House Monday to Thursday. Boarders sleep in dormitory type accommodation or single bedded rooms with their own bed, wardrobe and desk area. Boarders like to personalise their areas with posters, photos and duvets from home. During the night, staff check on the school aged students every hour.
Both day and residential students are given lots of support by staff to settle in when they first arrive at Moor House. Our highly successful ‘Buddy - Mentor programme means that all new students have a friendly older student to help them settle in too. Residential students are allowed to telephone home every evening if they wish and Key Workers are happy to telephone parents each evening when a student starts boarding. Students are closely supported by key workers through a personal induction programme.
Each residential student has a key worker who sets up the student’s termly care plan with input from the parents and the student themselves. Through evening activities and one to one sessions the key worker helps support social development, independence skills and therapy targets. Parents are contacted by email each week to give an update on how the student’s week has gone.
Students are helped to understand meal choices and mealtimes allow further opportunities for therapists and care staff to support students with social skills and eating skills. Our catering staff and healthcare staff work hard to accommodate diets as advised by a medical professionals or following cultural requirements.
The Moor House residential provision consistently meets the National Minimum Standards for residential special schools and we are proud to consistently achieve ‘Outstanding’ grades from the Ofsted Care Inspectorate. Click here to download the latest Ofsted care report.
“Staff provide safe access to medication and maintain close links with parents and carers to ensure continuity and consistency in identifying and meeting the health needs of their children. Staff are readily available to discuss emotional and physical needs with residential students.” Ofsted Care Report 2014