Meadows School offers both residential care and day care to support young people's holistic learning.
Residential care may be suitable for young people who:
- live quite far away from the school
- would benefit from a 24 hour curriculum
- have experienced difficulties/breakdown in the home or home area.
Day care may be suitable for young people who live closer to the school or who would benefit most from a different kind of balance between school and home life.
Residential care and day care
All of our pupils receive the same level of care and input into their educational experience and an individually tailored approach to meet their specific needs. Every pupil is assigned a key worker who will phone home regularly to give feedback to parents on their child's progress. Residential pupils go home for all weekends and school holidays.
Residential units are 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 work together in the best interests of the young person.
The Day Pupil Team provide pastoral support for the day pupils and like the Residential Project Workers form links with those already involved in the welfare of the young people.
School Security Arrangements
Meadows School is not situated in what might be considered a high risk area. Good practice however demands that all visitors report to the main office to ‘sign in’, where they will be issued with a visitor’s badge.
Adults who are not recognised as staff members will be challenged by staff when walking within the school. Visitors to the residential units must sign the unit visitors’ book.
The school has extensive CCTV coverage which is managed by waking night staff during the evenings when pupils are in residence.
When any Meadows building is empty it is alarmed and monitored remotely by members of staff available for security support.
Young people are able to contact families and carers by using their own mobile telephones, house telephones or email. Contact is supported and encouraged by the staff to ensure young people are happy and able to speak to parents and carers about any needs or issues they may have while away from home. Parents/carers said "communication is brilliant; they always keep me informed of everything that is going on and not just when something has gone wrong" - Meadows Ofsted Care Report 2013
The school's arrangements for promoting young people's safety are outstanding. A culture of safety ensures the school are successful at keeping young people safe. There is excellent provision for ensuring young people are protected from the risks of harm without limiting their opportunities to engage fully in school life. Robust recruitment procedures are effectively implemented, which ensures that only adults who have been checked as being appropriate to work with children are employed - Meadows Ofsted Care Report 2013