An application is in process to change the LWBC (Learning & Well-being Centre) to Arun Court School with registerd school status under the Department for Education. This process is nearing completion, and we hope it will be successful. The DFE has scrutinised paperwork and has now passed the application to Ofsted.Once the final inspection has taken place we will either have gained school status, or will need to re-apply.
The documentation within these pages is therefore not 'official' until status has been fully achieved, but they indicate what the offer is likely to be from the Summer Term onwards. We would use the Summer Term to transfer exisiting clients to school status. We would then be open to registering new students for a September start. Please see the basic information below and then click on CURRICULUM or POLICY at the very top of this page under the main menu, to see more of the detail of Arun Court School.
24 student places split into 4 tuition and therapy groups
(Y5-6) (Y7-8) (Y9-10) (Y11 plus)
Places allocated with MENTAL HEALTH need as the main criteria
Therapy still at the heart of all we do - and completely covered by the basic package price
Therapy still delivered at the point of need, negotiated learning approach, coaching ethos
Daily placements either 9:30 - 4pm or 10am - 4:30pm with the opportunity to stay later for community clubs
That's 6.5 hours minimum education and therapy per day, that's 32.5 hours a week and we offer a 36 week year
(3 terms of 12 weeks)
Placements to be a minimum of 12 months. Long term, permenant placements also available. For many students a return to larger provision once they are well will still be the aim.
4 very high intensity placements available each year
20 standard placements
Ratio of adult to students still at 1:2
Most placements funded by EHCP but private clients welcome
All placements to be full time unless transitioning from our setting to their new school
We will continue to operate as an examinations centre registered with JCQ
As we are not profit driven, we provide our places at a very reasonable rate - when compared to other providers
Local Education Authorities as Clients
LEAs can broker Arun Court School places for students funded by EHCP. Due to our geography we are most likely to work with colleagues in Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex but we are open to working with any viable LEA and we have already had past requests for services under Big Bear Bespoke Education Ltd for students living in Merton, Kent, Berkshire and Bracknell Forest.
Places are client specific and are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. LEAs should make the initial approach, not parents, and can do so by sending the EHCP, Annual Reviews and any other relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org The paperwork is usually reviewed within two days, and in this time we review the case against our admissions checklist.
Places should be for a minimum of 12 months, unless special terms have been agreed for a specific student. This is because past experience has taught us that it takes at least a year of therapeutic input as a minimum, and can often take 18 – 24 months, to get a student to a position where they can first consider transition to another setting.
We mainly offer ‘standard places’ . This level includes the following provision:
An overall school ratio of adults : students of 1:2 or better, although different groups operate at different ratios throughout the day, and specific group ratios are decided by need. However, the high overall ratio ensures that students can access support ‘at the point of need’ rather than having to wait for a designated therapy appointment time.
A lunchtime meal provided to all students. Students whose anxiety prevents them leaving the school are catered for by food being purchased locally, and eating in a sanitised study pace. Students who have been assessed as being safe to do so, are invited to eat locally and socially at one of the two 5 Hygiene star facilities in the village who have agreed to provide the centre with a bespoke menu. In addition students are asked to bring a snack box that does not require refrigeration and a water bottle so that they can access food when needed, particularly at afternoon break.
Education and Therapy services for a minimum of 6.5 hours a day 9:30 – 4pm / 10:00 – 4:30pm with the option of wrap around care to 5:30 pm some nights of the week if parents request it at an additional cost.
Tuition is provided in English Language, mathematics, science, art and craft, geography and history, languages up to Key Stage 3. Lots of movement and sport built in daily. We are able to offer a much wider KS4 to GCSE curriculum than many special settings including Art, Business Studies, media studies, German and Music GCSE.
Students with particular interests are encouraged, and we will broker services if the timetable allows such as working towards football coaching apprenticeships or having regular 1:1 music tuition.
During a full academic year (September – July) students will receive a full OT report and should any issues be raised these will be addressed by the school as much as possible within the timetable.
Students will have daily access as needed to:
· Suitably qualified counselling and coaching services (practitioners experienced in ASD, OCD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ODD)
· Sensory support services including qualified massage practitioners
· Psychology services (junior level)
· Therapeutic Art
· Animal based therapies
· Qualified meditation and mindfulness teachers
· Therapy workbook practitioners – including CBT
(The team delivering all the above has full supervision from a clinical psychologist)
In addition at specific points during each week they can access support from-
· Our Occupational Therapists – in every week to run programmes and work alongside our staff
· Our Clinical Psychologist – in every week for short visits, supervision and chatting with students about specific issues. Specific scheduled appointments for high intensity students
· Our Lego Therapist – running weekly courses based on speech and language practices, especially social and emotional language
We ensure high levels of communication and support -
· We produce a student report every term although in the summer term this tends to be in the form of the Annual Review paperwork
· Parents can access support workshops held on a regular basis, parent and student social events and receive a weekly newsletter to maintain good communication
· Each tuition group has a specific identified teacher which parents can direct concerns to via a designated school email. In addition each child has a key worker identified from the Therapy Team who will be able to support with advice on emotional regulation issues specific to their child.
· The daily communication sheets provide an instant snap shot for the parent of how their child has engaged during the day.
We have 4, and only 4, high intensity places each year for students who need much more 1:1 provision even in what is a very small setting, with the additional funding going to pay for a 1:1 mentor, and usually regular weekly appointments with clinical psychology or similar. Again, these spaces are on a first come first served basis.
EXCLUSIONS & CHILD PROTECTION
It is very important that any brokering LEA visits our setting and fully understands what it means to be a health-led facility, and a private facility. Our current LEA contracts reserve the right to terminate a placement AT ANY STAGE if we feel that a student is placing other young people in harm, and whilst this will change slightly with independent school status, we will always hold the needs of the majority at the forefront of what we do. We always employ a collaborative, working party approach and we have to feel that when incidents of a serious nature occur parents are working with us, not against us. We will always go the extra mile, however if necessary we will robustly argue our case in court regarding protecting the well-being of very vulnerable young people by refusing to have a student on site until appropriate assessment of risk, and appropropriate actions to reduce risk, have been taken and if necessary funded. It is not in the social or mental interests of a child to be putting others at risk and to be isolating themselves further by their behaviour. If we do not feel our setting is benefitting a student's mental health we will make that very clear and have an expectation that any brokering LEA moves swiftly to find an appropriate placement; as we will not be put in a position where we are effectively further damaging a student by being forced to accommodate them when our professional view is that their presence is damaging to both themselves and others.
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CHILDCARE VOUCHERS UPDATE
WE WERE REGISTERED WITH OFSTED ON THE VOLUNTARY REGISTER FOR CHILDCARE, HOWEVER WE NO LONGER TAKE CHILDCARE VOUCHERS AS OF 16/05 WHEN WE CEASED OFSTED VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION AS WE NO LONGER WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AGED UNDER 8.
WE ARE CURRENTLY APPLYING FOR THE LWBC TO GAIN 'SCHOOL STATUS' WITH THE DFE, AND WILL THEN BE REGISTERED WITH OFSTED UNDER THE FULL REGISTER FOR SCHOOLS.
IF YOU HAVE AN EHCP WE CAN NOT OFFER 'SCHOOL HOURS' UNTIL THIS PROCESS IS COMPLETE; YOU CAN REGISTER INTEREST HOWEVER AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU LATER IN THE YEAR IF WE HAVE ACHIEVED SCHOOL STATUS. WHILST WE AWAIT REGISTRATION LEAS WILL CONTINUE TO USE US FOR STUDENTS WITH YOUR CHILD BEING DUAL REGISTERED.