Woodstock House School

Overview

KISIMUL SCHOOLS offer full residential education and leisure programmes for up to 52 weeks of the year for pupils between the ages of 8 and 19. We are registered with both the Department for Education (DfE) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We are also able to offer day placements. For more detail regarding the curriculum offered by the school, please read our Local Offer:

Kisimul Local Offer

Our newest school, Woodstock House in Long Ditton, Surrey, offers the same excellent programmes of education and care as its sister schools in Lincolnshire; again, in grounds and surroundings of exceptional calm and beauty.

Mission

Our mission is to continuously strive for excellence in the care and education of our pupils. We provide a caring and homely environment at all times, where pupils can grow and develop their skills, individuality and independence.

We constantly review our methods and their effectiveness, in order to achieve continuous improvement for each child and young adult. In addition, all staff have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the company.

Philosophy

Every child is entitled to develop in an environment which is conducive to learning. This environment should reflect the Every Child Matters outcomes of being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.

Kisimul Schools offer pupils who have learning difficulties opportunities to interact, communicate and participate in everyday life as fully as possible. Pupils should feel secure, enjoy learning and be rewarded for effort. We provide the tools for pupils to manage and control their own life-style and behaviour.

This philosophy is realised by relating to each pupil in a positive way and by meeting all aspects of the pupils' needs through the integration of school, home, leisure activities and involvement in the wider community. Our aims and methods are covered more fully in later pages.

Equality

Kisimul School is committed to the view that all people are entitled to equality of opportunity. This view is upheld regardless of Ability or Disability, Gender or Chosen Gender, Age, Status, Religion, Belief, Nationality, Ethnic Origins or Sexual Orientation.

Kisimul School's commitment to this statement is embodied in both employment practices and all aspects concerned with the care and education of its pupils.

The School Year

The school is open for 38 weeks of the year with the academic year based around a normal three-term year. In addition, there is the opportunity to take part in organised educational activities during ‘summer school’. The care home is open for 52 weeks of the year. Visits home are planned for pupils in consultation with parents and staff.

Behaviour Modification

Kisimul School is committed to non-aversive approaches to the modification of problem behaviours. Pupils generally respond well to the structured environment of the school and the clear boundaries they are set. All management programmes are discussed with parents. We are happy to discuss problems which occur at home or at school and look together at management strategies. Parents are encouraged to raise particular problems and we endeavour to work together to resolve them. Each young person has a behaviour plan which is a key element of their Individual Pupil Care Plan (IPCP).

Staff are trained to redirect and manage challenging, aggressive behaviour in line with Timian Training and Development. This training system is accredited by BILD (the British Institute of Learning Disabilities) and is in line with DoH guidelines for physical intervention.

Positive reinforcement strategies are employed throughout the school, which include rewarding appropriate behaviour, providing minimum feedback for negative behaviour and following individualised placement plans. You can read our Behaviour Policy on the Policies page of the website.

Communication

Each pupil's language and communication is assessed by the Speech and Language Therapy team, who write an individual communication programme which is integrated into their individual learning plan.

We use Makaton, a form of sign language based on British Sign Language, as a communication aid throughout the school. Our pupils find that it helps to support their speech and language development. Frustration and anxiety can be reduced by improving communication and enhancing existing speech and language. Makaton is always used with speech and may help pupils with specific speech disorders as well as those who do not use speech at all.

A further communication aid employed throughout the school is symbols, including PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), an example of a functional communication system designed to enable pupils to initiate requests, make choices and develop social commenting skills.

Rebus symbols, objects of reference, daily timetables and photographs are widely used in a variety of contexts to promote our pupils' understanding and enhance their learning.

Residential education

We aim to:

Residential care

Individual arrangements are made for the collection from school and return of pupils, and co-ordinated by the Heads of Care. The pupils are grouped into households, according to age, and each household has its own living room, kitchen and dining area.

Each site has its own Head of Care who monitors the procedures of their specific home, with the Operations Director overseeing the running of all of the residential establishments. Special carers, or key workers, take a particular interest in their children and ensure that they have their rights advocated.

An Individual Pupil Care Plan is devised for every pupil, which gives details of the pupil's history, likes and dislikes and the behaviour management strategies which may be used for that particular individual.

Management guidelines will be discussed at all reviews and at any other time parents need help. These guidelines are agreed between the School, parents and authorities.

Social integration

The school has a policy of integration within the community and our staff ensure that each pupil joins some kind of community activity each week. Such activities may include using the local swimming pool, shopping visits, bus and train rides, walks, bowling and trips to the cinema. We are always looking for new contacts and links locally in order for pupils to enjoy a wider range of activities.

Health

The school's General Practitioner visits whenever needed and we have close links with local hospitals for all specialist treatments. Pupils have regular trips to the local dentist.

The school prefers not to use medication to control behaviour, but if absolutely necessary then we would wish this to be at as low a level as possible and under medical supervision.

Senior staff have been trained to administer medication, which is audited by CQC. Woodstock House School has a number of fully qualified first aiders and all staff have basic first aid training.

Leisure

Evening and weekend leisure includes individual and group music, outings, walks, shopping, stories, sensory sessions, play and cookery.

Family visits

Parents are encouraged to maintain contact with their child by visits, post or telephone. We welcome parents at any time. A telephone call beforehand is advisable to ensure that their son/daughter is available. If you wish to discuss a problem or have anxieties, please come and see us when possible.

Alternatively you can contact us by telephone on 0208 335 2570 or instigate the complaints procedure, a copy of which is supplied to prospective parents. The Head of Care arranges visits home, day visits, overnight stays and longer breaks when necessary.

Religion

Kisimul School is nondenominational. We try to encourage pupils to develop an awareness of, and interest in, themselves and others in the world around them.

Pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of multicultural activities, through art, music and language. We hold assemblies to celebrate different festivals throughout the year as part of our religious education curriculum. Parents may choose for their son/daughter not to attend particular religious activities.

Summary

Kisimul School aims to give the very best care, protection and education to its pupils. We continuously strive to provide an environment in which our pupils' skills, individuality and independence grow and are nurtured, so when the pupils leave us, they are equipped with the best possible tools to deal with life's challenges. We believe that only by relating to our pupils in a positive way can we succeed and that a multidisciplinary, structured approach involving the school, the parents, the community, and all relevant professionals creates the vital synergy necessary to achieve that success.