Leaders in Safeguarding.

Wilds Lodge are very happy to have been awarded the Leaders in Safeguarding Quality mark for our work across the school in all aspects of safeguarding after a two day inspection this month. The Leaders in Safeguarding Standard requires:

 

  • Clear lines of accountability for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

  • Committed governance arrangements and quality assurance processes

  • Full compliance with all relevant statutory requirements and guidance

  • Comprehensive, clear and effective safeguarding policies, procedures and systems

  • Effective and appropriate information sharing

  • Highly effective inter-agency working

  • Safer recruitment practices

  • Highly effective supervision and support

  • High quality staff training and continuing professional development

  • Very good staff awareness of safeguarding arrangements and effective day to day practice

  • High priority is given to safeguarding the most vulnerable groups

  • Accessible and effective whistleblowing arrangements

  • Full and effective implementation of the ’Prevent’ duty

  • Precise recording of information and concerns

  • Good understanding of the requirements for confidentiality

  • Effective risk assessment and risk management arrangements

  • Good first aid and health and safety arrangements

Another emotional Year 11 assembly as we say goodbye to the students.

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The whole school gathered together yesterday to say an emotional goodbye to our Year 11 students. There were speeches from class teachers, house staff and the students reflecting on the journey that the students have made since they started. We are so proud of the boys and we have included their speeches below.


Today marks the end of mine and many other boys’ time here at Wilds Lodge school, today is so incredibly difficult for all of us, so myself and the other boys would greatly appreciate it if you could listen to a few of my words.

I started of at Wilds Lodge 5 and a half years ago, I was nervous and unsure of everything at the time. For my first few years I struggled but eventually I got comfortable and began to settle in.

Today, I will leave with many new experiences and the knowledge that I have gained from this place. I cannot thank this place enough for what it has done for me, the support and help you guys have given is a debt I will never repay.

I won’t be mentioning anybody in particular, but for those of you who have done the most for me, you know who you are. However, there are two people who I believe deserve a little credit, Mr and Mrs Lee, now MBE. You both created this school and without your hard work it wouldn’t have become the nurturing, progressing place it is now. You both deserve more than anything anyone could ever offer; you couldn’t have done more for us at this school.

I’ll be honest I have no idea what’s going to happen once I leave today, and I’m frightened and I’m sure it isn’t just me who’s scared about what’s next, but I have to start a new chapter, a life beyond Wilds Lodge.

I hope you boys in front of me continue to succeed and continue to show to the world what this school is worth, I hope you all follow your aspirations and I hope that you achieve your best and work your hardest, as we have done.

I know that everybody here has given me their all, and I couldn’t possibly thank you enough.
‘In my nine years, I’ve had bad times, good times, sad times and even great times, but that’s life and life tells me to move on.

My biggest achievement here is my exams, and in these nine years’ lots of staff have had input into my time at this school.

But every little bit of support that has been thrown at me, has made me who I am today, and helped me to achieve things I did not think were possible.

It all started with my first teacher and he knows who he is. Dominic. Down to my very last teacher Ellie and Ollie. The support you two specifically, have given me these last few months have been tremendous, it has helped to get me through my exams.

I’m very grateful to all of you in the long chain of teachers, especially Leon, flipping weirdo!

But, I’ve had lots of carers too, being on the boarding side of the school. Some of you have been role-models, then there is you Steve and you taught me everything not to be! Jokes aside, thank you guys too.

I’m thanking my friends for making this school tolerable for the time I have been here and also a goodbye to a lot of you guys. Honestly, I have only listed a couple of people because I felt it would leave people out if I added more people to that list, that contributed to me having a better time at this school.

I wish you all the best and I sincerely thank Mr Lee and all of the wonderful staff at this school.

Thank you very much’
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JoJo and Nicola I know your going to cry so grab a tissue!

I will start at my first house group and it was the Lodge, it was with Neil, Emma and Richard. I remember my first camp at this school especially having fun in the pool.
After my time there I went to to the Loft with Steve, Wilma Matt and they saved me form a hair raising situation or should I say hair erasing! To then go on with Steve to Crossroads and gain Aaron, Abbie and Duncan and have lots fun playing man hunt! Now I am at Rock Lodge with Luke, Christina and Simon and they have given me courage though my exams.
JoJo, i know you remember Carols’ old class... lets say they were excitable and on my first day I walked in, sat down and played with my hot wheel while people were bouncing of the walls and of course I could never forget are JoJo chats as key to my survival in my first year!

To Aaron, we can both remember your first night. I did not know you so I spent the whole night starring at you but you did not hold this against me and you showed me your patience. And kindness though a rough time.

Nicola, I can’t remember my first time meeting you but that’s not a bad thing because I can remember the late night chats we had on a Thursday, every time you were on sleep-in and you staying with me when I was sick and you and Steve standing up for me when I had troubles.

Matt, you’ve helped me though thick and thin, and there are not many words that can describe the gratitude I have to give to you.

When I tell people that I go to a therapeutic school they say whats the difference and I say if your upset someone will actually care about you no matter what.

And the people we have to thanks for this school is Mr and Mrs Lee.

Lets talk about the teachers. I would like to thank John, Ellie, Cath, Jane, Tim and Ed. They are the best teachers I have ever had and have unique ways of teaching that work best but even if your upset when you leave their classes you alway have a smile on your face.

But most of all I will miss Jane and John the funniest teachers ever. I’ve never had a lesson with out laughing!

This school will have a special place in my heart because everyone, whether adult or child have all contributed to me learning to make friends and manage my anxiety and give my GCSEs my best shot. I will remember you all for being so kind, fun and helping me get back on the road to having a future.......and wilks because he asked me to mention him in my speech!

Thanks

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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