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Larwood School

Part of Larwood Academy Trust

Residential Care

We have the ability to provide a 24 hour educational experience for up to 12 children via our excellent residential facilities. This includes modern rooms, well equipped kitchens, homely lounge areas and great leisure facilities. The latter including items such as table football, x-box games, computers and an astro turf area. This is supported by our catering staff who provide quality food, and our residential staff led by Ian Reid.

We consider each application for residential provision on its own merits however, all pupils are now accepted or not accepted into residential provision via a provision panel plus process. This is a meeting where an individual child’s needs are assessed by a group of residential Headteachers and local authority colleagues.

Entry into Boarding, Review and Criteria for Continued Placement or Exit

As part of the Hertfordshire residential review, all schools that have the capacity for residential care are working with colleagues form the local authority and have made adjustments to admission, as well as exit criteria

Admissions criteria for boarding at Larwood School

Larwood School has developed excellent provision and practice in providing twenty four hour care for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. There is capacity for 12 pupils and the following criteria are applied before a pupil is admitted:

  • The pupil concerned, parents, Head of Care, Headteacher /senior leadership team must all be in agreement that the residential place should be offered. It is vital that the child concerned wants to board.
  • The pupil must have been a day pupil for at least one term (unless exceptional circumstances are present which are agreed by the Headteacher).
  • There is a need for residential care which will lead to improved educational outcomes for the pupil concerned. This may be in the form of improved behaviour, attendance, progress with studies and/or social skills for the child.
  • In most cases there would’ve been some support put into place by our school family support worker
  • If all of the above are present, the Headteacher or Head of Care will present the case at a ‘provision panel plus’ meeting. This meeting is composed of residential Headteachers, and local authority colleagues and usually takes place once per month
  • Parents agree to provide the necessary medication, forms, and equipment for the placement to be successful.
  • Parents must engage with the four-six week review process, and other regular reviews that take place
  • Targets will be set that pupil, school staff and parents will all work towards.
  • There is a requirement for parents of boarders to be able to collect and drop off their children at school if they require transport outside of their allocated taxi runs.

The local authority have also provided the following notes which should be used when considering boarding entry

Guidance for placement

The allocation of a residential bed space will need to consider the following points:

  • Why the pupil is failing to achieve consistent attendance and educational attainment as a result of difficulties within their home and family situation;
  • Why the pupil is experiencing home and family difficulties which can be addressed by the short term provision of a residential and bed space and residential family support worker input;
  • Why the pupil is at risk of a school placement breakdown and therefore leaving a maintained school
  • Why the support provided by the school/family support worker has not achieved resilience and sustainability within the family.

Information presented on these factors would need to provide a detailed assessment on the above and set out why the allocation of a residential bed-space would address any identified need.

A key factor should be that the identified need can be address by family/school support and a residential bed-space in the short or medium term.  If the need is identified as longer term requirement, this may indicate an on-going need and therefore trigger a referral to an Early Intervention Service.

The allocation of a bed space will also need to be aligned with the objectives set out in the pupil’s Education, Health and Social Care Plan.

Exit Criteria for Pupils Whilst Boarding at Larwood School

This decision will be made in consultation with parents. Pupils may be able to contribute to the decision depending on need, age, context and other mitigating circumstances. However, the following will apply:

  • The Headteacher (Senior Leadership Team) believes it is in the best interests of all concerned that a boarding place is withdrawn for a child. This will usually be linked to one of the factors below. However, the Headteacher will have the final decision in this matter.
  • Agreed targets and support have been into place whilst in boarding. This would include support from the residential family support worker and such targets would’ve been agreed and noted in the pupils support plan
  • The individual concerned is having a negative effect on a number of other pupils, in boarding, which may be demonstrated via behaviour patterns, discussion and /or other factors.
  • Some factors may be quantifiable over time, which indicate that boarding is not having the positive effect that all parties thought it would do. For example, this may be via attendance figures, behaviour data and patterns, slow or stagnated academic progress or a combination of all of the above.
  • A serious event may take place that following careful review, may continue to have a negative impact upon other boarders after it has happened. If this is the case, a boarder may be asked to leave for the best interests of the other pupils.
  • Normal protocols would be to review the placement within 4-6 weeks via a conversation with the Head of Care and parents. However, if it is thought that the placement may be in jeopardy, an earlier review may be called and the placement can be withdrawn, before the 4 week review

The provision operates from Monday until Friday with students being at home during the weekends. We also operate a flexible approach for some students with flexi-boarding where students remain at school for some but not all of the normal week. This is an essential part of our provision and usually promotes excellent progress and development for those pupils that access the provision.

Please contact Ian Reid - Head of Care for more information and to have a tour of our facilities 01438 236 333