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Westlands residential unit is a 15 bed facility that supports the needs of pupils/students who have a statement of special educational needs/ECHP

Affectionately known as “Resi” the unit is part of the Horizons Specialist Academy Trust , which includes Green Gates Academy and Abbey Hill Academy, offering group living and pastoral support that has a proven record of making a positive impact on pupil/student's lives and education.

Recent OFSTED inspections have deemed the Residential unit to be Outstanding.  (A copy of the latest report can be viewed in the Information for Parents tab)

The Residential unit provides a structured living environment, including an activity programme designed to support the emotional, social and educational needs that our pupils/students require.

The residential unit offers a student centred facility with an emphasis on equal opportunities irrespective of race, gender, religious belief, disability or culture.

We aim to support the emotional, behavioural, educational and social needs of pupils/students.

We offer support to families, carers and social care agencies with which our students reside outside of the residential unit.

Liaise with school to support and achieve academic success for students.

Liaise with parents/carers to support and achieve positive, consistent behaviour management within the home environment to enhance family relationships.

Parents/carers are aware that their child/young person are resident with us to promote positive outcomes with regard to their behaviour so that they engage positively in their education, our aim is for their child/young person to return to their home environment at the earliest opportunity. The expectation of the school is that they will engage with us, through home visits, meetings, and telephone calls, to discuss and formulate strategies to manage the behaviour and emotional issues their

child/young person presents, within the home, that could impact on their social, emotional and academic progress.

Some of our activities are:

ICT opportunities
Social occasions/ walks/ Barbeques( Only when the sun shines though)
Cooking and independent living skills
Working with Harbour (an out-reach service)

The residential staff work closely with parents/carers, schools and other agencies to provide support and guidance around challenging behaviours and the effect that they can have on a student’s education and emotional well-being.

What activities are on offer?

Lets get cooking – Planned to provide knowledge around healthy eating, basic cooking skills & the importance of kitchen safety and good food hygiene.

Swimming- Physical exercise & fitness. A positive social experience and group interaction.

Bush Tucker Challenge - Opportunity to taste different foods from around the world & to broaden knowledge of other cultures and  the importance of a diverse healthy diet.

Social Sports - P.E based activity within the school hall, focuses on physical exercise and sports or team based games. This has a great impact on team spirit & sportsmanship

PSHE (Personal-Social-Health-Education) Includes discussions & interactive participation & workshops on Bullying, Fire Safety, Safety in the home & Drug & Alcohol Abuse, E.Safety.

Country Walks– Giving students knowledge of areas generally out of their out normal social setting and awareness of any dangers  associated with different locations e.g. rivers, roads or approach by strangers.

Rock Climbing/Bell Boating - Confidence, self-esteem & team building helps to provide a sense of positive achievement.

Working with outside agencies.-(Harbour Outreach) – Different topics covered each term include ` raising self-esteem, attitude & beliefs, staying safe’. Certificates awarded for participation & achievement.

Resi Meetings – Daily & Weekly meetings to give students/pupils an opportunity to voice their opinions and make their views known and to effect change in the setting within which they reside.

Choosing activities– Students/pupils participate in a selection of group activities for the term. This gives ownership of activities and helps the students/pupils understand the particular interest of each other and contributes to a whole group living experience.

Shopping trips-Students/pupils participate in trips to the local shops which helps give them an insight into handling money and developing  independence skills and social expectations when out in public.