Welcome to the Residential/Extended Day Experience
“Our Residence at Cloughwood is one of our unique features. We currently operate the provision for pupils between Years 4 and 8 and any boy that wishes to can stay for up to two evenings a week or a couple of nights extended day until 8pm.
Most of our younger, newer boys start off by staying extended day then later decide they’d like to stay overnight once they have got to know everyone and enjoy the activities on offer.
Over the years we have found that the boys who are most successful at school tend to be those who have taken advantage of the Cloughwood residential experience. This is because our boarders and extended day boys enjoy a whole variety of different experiences that help them to improve their attendance, their learning, their self-esteem and resilience as well as just having a really enjoyable time. You can see photos of activities and comments from the boys and parents and carers in the prospectus and on the website.
On the Residential experience our boys get to make solid relationships with the Residential staff and develop lasting friendships. They also improve their independance skills and learn how to tackle new challenges head on. Staying on Residence also helps our boys improve their lives at home because our staff work closely with parents and carers to make sure our boys get the help and opportunities they need.
So if you would like for your son to experience the Residential provision, make sure to contact Carly Clarke or any other member of staff to make it happen!”
The Residential experience is an integral part of the 24 hour curriculum offered at Cloughwood. There are 10 en-suite rooms spread over two dorms; each dorm is run by a highly motivated and qualified member of the care team. The residential experience offers planned residential places where there is an identified need, either academic, social or behavioural. These placements can be for one night to four nights or a combination of extended day and residential. The extended days allow the young people to access all the activities and then go home later in the evening. These can act as a taster session to allow the young people to gradually build up to overnight stays.
The care team are highly qualified and skilled in their approach to the residential pupils, individual placement and care plans are produced for each of the pupils and parents are invited to the residence once a year for an informal parents evening where they discuss their son’s progress and work with the care team to produce relevant targets and update placement plans.
With the help of the residential experience the young people are able to overcome their barriers to learning, for example poor attendance, and help make a positive contribution to their school life and well-being.
Working with other schools and establishments
Cloughwood is an outward looking, forward thinking Academy and to keep ahead of current practice and developments in education our staff often work with and support, and seek advice from, other schools and academies and educational establishments.
Carly Clarke and her residential team have been working with staff from other residential schools to ensure that our pupil’s experiences are the best they can be and to support all the staff in improving their skills.
All of our teachers and teaching staff are involved in local and regional cluster groups to ensure we achieve best practice in curriculum and pastoral provision. The Principal and Senior Leaders have all been involved in partnership work with schools from a wide range of specialisms and phases and the teaching staff and senior managers from other schools and academies often visit Cloughwood seeking ideas, help and support.
Following the success of our introduction of the Class Dojo rewards programme throughout the school we have decided to introduce it into our residential experience.
Class Dojo is an excellent way for our pupils to get points and recognition for outstanding achievement in all areas of their lives. It is also a great way for parents to see how well their children are doing and to keep in touch with staff.
Adding this into residence will be a wonderful way of ensuring all parents and carers are kept informed right around the clock.