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Philosophy and Mission

It is important for residential support staff to be clear about our mission and why we exist. We must all share the same view about education and the care that Cloughwood offers each young person. We are fortunate that Cloughwood offers a residential setting where experienced and qualified  staff provide an extended educational day, complimenting and enhancing the teaching and learning that takes place during the school day.

The residential provision offers the best of both school and the security and structure of a homely atmosphere, which is intellectually and aesthetically stimulating.

We aim to provide a high level of care, which meets the needs of our young people, by following agreed guidelines and care plans.

We will provide for all needs:

  • Care needs including safeguarding and welfare
  • Medical requirements
  • Physical and emotional needs
  • Educational needs
  • Leisure needs, social skills and promoting community interactions
  • Assisting young people to develop socially acceptable behaviours

We believe that to maintain high standards of care young people depend on certain factors:

  • Routine
  • Planning of activities and free time
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Firm boundaries
  • Appropriate sanctions
  • Relationships with staff built on trust, honesty and respect

Working in line with the DfE National Minimum Standards for residential special schools, we provide a positive environment where all the needs of the pupils are met. Residential support staff work with outside agencies involved with pupils to meet their educational, emotional and health needs.