Incredible recognition of a lifetime of working within Special Needs.

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We are thrilled to see that Mr Lee has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list this year.

Wilds Lodge are so proud of the work that is done to support SEN and how the school has grown since it opened. It was a huge step setting up the school in 2007 and there were no certainties it would be a success. What a lovely recognition of a lifetime of work in a very difficult and often marginalised field of education.

Year 11 Leavers meal

Yesterday our Year 11 students and some of the staff went to the George at Stamford for the traditional leavers meal. The boys all went to maximum effort in their suits, shirts and ties and were a pleasure to be with throughout a lovely evening. The menu was very tempting and everyone left the George feeling fit to burst. As always it is a lovely way to mark the journey that the boys have been on and left the staff feeling so proud of the young men that they have grown into. We wish them all every success in the future.

Rights Respecting Schools Bronze Award

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Wilds Lodge have begun to work towards the Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award and we recently submitted our action plan towards the Silver Award. We are now able to announce we have achieved the Bronze award and are excited to look at how we embed the values further within the school.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.

Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)as our guide, we are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award. Schools work with us on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting.

The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

TES AWARD WINNER!

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"Wilds Lodge are so proud to receive the creativity award. We are delighted that our belief and passion about the creative therapies in education has been shared. We are driven by creativity and the positive impact of the arts on the emotional well being of our pupils. It is exciting to think that winning this award could inspire other educational settings to access the arts therapies and introduce alternative ways of healthy expression and positive mental health." 

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We have received the Woodland Trust Platinum Award.

This week KS2 celebrated receiving the Platinum Woodland Trust Award. Over the last few months they have worked really hard to complete activities promoting the outdoor environment, and protecting woodland areas. 

They've visited Fineshades woods and recreated their own nature trail of this; They took part in a tree dressing activity, and they have learnt how to look after woodland areas.


Well done everyone!

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We are officially a National Nurturing School!

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Towards the end of last year we received our assessment visit from the National Nurturing Schools advisor to assess the work that we have been doing to gain the whole school nurturing award. Here are some highlights from the report:

‘Nurture principles are reflected in the development of the environment. The environment is outstandingly good in terms of feeling like home wherever the pupils go. In particular the buildings and outside areas are beautiful and very much part of the school’s curriculum and ethos in terms of taking pride and care of their environment. The staff model positive relationships and there is a sense that everyone genuinely cares for each other. All staff know all the children’s names and pupils refer to staff members by their first name. There are no offices, staff work in communal areas so that the pupils see adults are working but available to them whenever they need them. ‘

‘With inspiring and supportive leadership, the school prides itself on the nurturing ethos which promotes mutual respect and celebration of the diversity within its community. The six principles are clearly embedded throughout the school, enhancing teaching and learning and promoting healthy outcomes for the children, which is reflected in the school’s policies.’

‘I recommend that Wilds Lodge School should be awarded The National Nurturing Schools Award.’

‘This report cannot reflect the work that goes on at the school every day. A comprehensive evidence file and related documents have been provided as part of the assessment process. Examples of excellent practice include:

  •   Inclusivity: Everyone works diligently and effectively to ensure that high expectations enable children (and staff) to be the best they can be, regardless of their special needs or difficulties at home or school. Head teacher, Robin said, “It’s always about the children, we start with their needs and go from there but we raise expectations for them in every respect.”

  •   Partnership and community working: The school recognises the importance of fostering strong relationships with the community, sharing the same vision of education and having a clear drive to foster partnership with them. They are to be commended for their commitment and drive in maintaining and developing University links, through the development of training packages and providing training opportunities for NQTs and their own school staff.

  •   Working with parents: Family liaison - Staff understand that working with parents is a key element to children’s success and they work tirelessly and in partnership with the parents to make that happen.

  •   Six Principles: I cannot remember ever seeing a school that has embraced the principles to the extent this school has. From the head teacher, all staff members whether teaching, pastoral, domestic, and grounds staff right through to each pupil, the knowledge and understanding of the principles is impressive and inspiring. Wilds Lodge have truly taken this programme into the heart of everything they do.

    It was a privilege to spend time with the children of the nurture committee who really made me feel at home and welcome. The staff, who were extremely intuitive and highly skilled, had a very calming influence on them and responded consistently with a clear understanding of the needs of each individual child. What is obvious throughout the school, is that the staff care deeply about the vulnerable pupils they work with and have high expectations that they can and will succeed at whatever level they are at.’

    As head teacher Robin said:

    “Nurture underpins everything we do here. We recognise that the key for all of our children is building relationships. It's through those trusted relationships that they feel safe and valued so they have the confidence to become whoever they want to be in life.”

Understanding OCD Training.

Today we had a training session after school on understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Did you know that it affects 1-3% of the population? It is equally common across genders and ethnicities and onset is around 11 years although it has been seen as young as 6 years old. Although there is no definite cause, brain chemicals, genes and environmental factors such as stress can all play an important part. This was just some of the information that we were given in our talk from Benny who works with South London and Maudsley.

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Scrooge!

The staff performed a fantastic version of Scrooge on the last day of term this year. Everyone had a lovely time watching the play and it really did feel incredibly festive. What a fabulous resource the theatre has been over the past year. It has hosted so many different events since we opened last January from Space days, Mathletics, World Book Day, the Read-a-thon, LGBT+ event and all the amazing plays and the 360 display with trampolines, gymnastics and scooter displays to lights and music. A great effort from everybody.

A fun filled, fabulous evening.

Last night we welcomed students, staff, parents, carers, family and friends to our first Christmas evening of entertainment. It was lovely to be able to showcase all the shows that the students have put together and to celebrate their success together. From funny to heartfelt we had it all on that stage through the evening.

Home made mince pies and gingerbread made the interval especially attractive, thank you for all the lovely refreshments to the staff and students that were baking away all day.

In the background, quietly working hard were the lighting, sound and backstage crew. They did a great job, seamlessly transitioning between each show and making sure that everything ran smoothly.

Thank you to everyone that planned, took part and visited us for a very special evening.

We raised almost £100 for a local charity that we work with as well with the popular raffle. I am sure the team at Second Helpings will be very happy.