The support for pupils’ emotional well-being is outstanding. The staff know the pupils extremely well and encourage the pupils to express their feelings and put in support to ease their anxieties. Consequently, pupils begin to make excellent progress with their personal development.
— Ofsted - January 2017

Wilds Lodge School is an independent specialist boarding and day provision for boys with social, emotional and mental health difficulties aged between 5 and 19.  All the students at the school have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  It was established in 2007 and aims to place an equal emphasis on the educational, social and psychological development of our students.  The key to the success of the school is a strong ethos, developed by a highly experienced and capable staff, and the strength of the relationships between the staff and the students.

The school draws nationally from Local Education Authorities and currently has under 90 students on role of which a small percentage are day boys. It offers fortnightly boarding provision although in practice, most return to their families weekly.  The students are grouped into five residential houses with close regard to their chronological age, their social needs and their personal maturity. The main needs of pupils with SEN at the school are social, emotional and mental health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Moderate Learning Difficulties.

The pupils’ safety and well-being are prioritised. The pupils are happy and enjoy the residential experience. They have numerous opportunities to take part in activities which are stimulating and support their personal development.
— Ofsted - January 2017

We pride ourselves in ensuring all members of staff including our support staff have access to regular training.  All our members of staff attend regular training on child protection; mental health and multi-agency working.  All our educational/care and counselling staff have received specialist PDA Training with Ruth Fidler, Education Consultant, NORSACA Children's Services. All staff have Level one Autism Education Trust training and the majority also have a Level 2.

We have two fully qualified TeamTeach instructors and all our staff are trained in TeamTeach (de-escalation strategies and the reduction of risk and restraint).


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The feedback from the pupils, parents and social workers is very positive. One parent became tearful when expressing the positive impact the school has had on her son.
— Ofsted - January 2017