Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions but these may not cover your query. If you have any other questions please contact us and we will be happy to answer any other question you may have.

What are this year’s term dates?

The Loddon School offers a 52 week residential provision, therefore we have no terms. The School is always open and staffed to provide for the needs of the children.

At regular periods throughout the year the school offers activity weeks which allow the children to have ‘holiday’ shaped weeks within school preparing them for a life beyond school, and an extended opportunity to develop their leisure activities and interests.

What are this year’s holiday dates?

The Loddon School offers a 52 week residential provision, has no terms, and therefore no holiday dates. That said, parents are welcome to have their children home for weekends and over holiday periods at Christmas, Easter and during the summer. The School is always prepared to receive children back if things get to difficult at home.

Routine and regularity are important for our children to develop and learn, therefore frequent “holidays” can prove disruptive. We will discuss this with parents and carers if there is cause for concern.

What uniform do children require?

There is no specified uniform at The Loddon School. Parents are asked to provide their children with suitable clothing, preferably hard wearing, non-tear materials.

What homework do the children receive and when is it done?

The Loddon School operates a waking day curriculum, this means that education takes place throughout the day, therefore homework is neither set nor expected.

How does the school day operate?

Children normally awake around 0730 and have a bath and get dressed, taking breakfast between 0800 and 0930. Activities commence after breakfast and continue throughout the day and on into the evening, interspersed with many opportunities for breaks, snacks and meals. The evenings are filled with suitable activities and allow for leisure time.

We don’t have classes or classrooms, learning takes place where-ever and whenever our children are comfortable and safe, and open to interaction and input.

Who do I contact to arrange a visit, or apply for my child to attend to the school?

In the first instance, you should contact the Principal by email or by calling the main School telephone number, 01256 884600.

How do I make a complaint?

Please refer to our Complaints and Compliments Policy. Issues raised from outside the School should be directed to the Principal, or if not suitable, to the Chair of Trustees.

I would like to work for you, what do I do first?

Visit our Jobs website or contact our Human Resources team by email, or on the main school telephone number: 01256 884600.

What does the School do about Disabled Access

All main entrances and exits to the school buildings are suitable for wheelchair access, and have wide doors. We have disabled toilet facilities in our main school building and in our new houses, Kestrels and Kingfishers. We do not have any lifts in buildings with floors above ground level, but meeting room facilities are available and accessible. Lifts can present particular difficulty for children with autism, it has therefore been felt best to exclude these from our environment.

What happens to the School during snow and bad weather?

The Loddon School is always open and regardless of weather conditions we carry on, staff make exemplary efforts to get into work to support the children, and very often we can have a mass sleepover if conditions are not safe for travelling home. In such situations we will contact parents and professionals who may be due to visit and advise them of whether they should or not visit.

As a parent of a child at the School, what can I be expected to pay for?

Parents can provide pocket money for their child, and will also be expected to provide their child’s clothing. We will administer a bank account on behalf of your child, while they are at School.

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