The Loddon School® Local Offer
What does your service do?
The school is an established first class provider of fully integrated education and care for young people with Autism, severe and complex learning difficulties, communication and sensory needs, and highly challenging behaviour. We have 30 places for young people to be enrolled at the school aged 9-19 years old, for a 52 week placement, who live and learn in seven houses.
We offer a unique environment for the student who finds the hectic pace of life challenging and yet might find the curriculum offered by other special school too narrow or too limiting. Our special PLLUSS Curriculum® provides learning across all subject but delivered in a unique way providing the skills the young person requires for life alongside immense fun, learning through play and new challenging activities.
Where is it located and what areas does it cover?
The Loddon School® is located in Sherfield on Loddon, Hook in Hampshire. The school is situated in a rural environment giving the students daily access to over ten acres of outdoor space. The school has students from over 30 local authorities and borough councils, mainly from the south, and south east of England. We are open to students across the country but are aware of the need for strong family links to be maintained.
Who does your service provide for?
The Loddon School® follows its specially designed PLLUSS Curriculum®. Personalised Learning for Life Using Supportive Strategies embraces a functional life skills curriculum, while adding a full therapeutic diet and themed learning activities. This mixture of personalised learning provides each student with a broad curriculum, equipping them for life while also nurturing their development of literacy and numeracy in exciting and engaging learning activities.
External accreditation for the 8-16 curriculum is gained through the AQA unit award scheme.
At Post 16 the core learning is adapted to focus more on the particular life skills required for adult living. The Post 16 accreditation is gained through ASDAN.
This curriculum is enriched by a variety of in and out of school activities, including Animal care, horse riding, swimming, , Duke of Edinburgh, cycling, rambling, a rich variety of individual and team sports. As an Arts Mark School we offer many different mediums of the arts: In Drama we enter the Shakespeare for School programme and work closely with local actors creating Green Screen films and drama workshops which are shared with other local schools, have vigorous Art, and Music departments with many links with local artists, galleries and musicians.
How can you start using our service?
Anyone interested in applying to the school is encouraged to come and visit us to learn more about what we do. Visits to the school usually take place Monday through to Friday, although weekends can be arranged. Initially, we encourage just the parents to visit, enabling the Principal to get a better understanding of the needs of the child through talking to the parents first-hand.
We normally only admit a student after our admissions panel have carried out an assessment and carefully studied reports including the Education Health Care Plan that have been provided.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss your child’s needs. Educational professionals involved in the assessment and placement of children with SEN are also welcome to visit the school.
How are decisions made about who can use the service?
The school assesses students and will make the offer of a place to parents, SEN team and Social Care team. The students at The Loddon School® are funded through their local authority. Final decisions are made at the placement panel for the placing local authority and a transition plan is then finalised.
How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?
As a small school communication between school and parents is part of the daily life of the school. Families are actively involved in the school and we have an open and transparent working relationship encouraging open dialogue. The school has a website, Twitter and Facebook through which we provide information to parents and others interested in the school. Emails are used to send direct mailings to parents.
The Trustees of the school work in a duel role as trustees of the charity and governors of the school. The trustees meet termly and are available for contact via email by the parents.
The school provides six termly newsletters to parents and undertakes regular parental surveys. We hold regular family events where we invite extended family members to share in our activities. Review of progress happens twice a year and link also with Looked after Children reviews and annual reviews of EHCP. These review meetings have various stakeholders invited from CAMHS, NHS, Social Care and Education.
Is your service fully accessible?
The Loddon School® is a small residential school based on one main site with a 1:1 student/staff ratio. Students are taught in small friendly houses of 4-5 students with experienced teachers, teaching assistants and Learning and Care assistants. The teaching staff work closely with our therapists and are able to tailor the students’ curriculum to their individual needs.
Due to the challenging behaviours of the young people we do not cater for non-ambient students or those who are vulnerable physically.
The Loddon School® is able to provide Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Educational Psychology, music therapy, play therapy, animal assisted therapy, aromatherapy, osteopathy, Lego therapy and rebound therapy. We have a team of ten full and part time therapists working with the young people and staff at the school. This team ensures that therapies are fully integrated into the curriculum.
What training are the staff supporting the children and young people with SEND had or are having?
Teachers: All teachers have QTS and have a background in special education and many have an additional higher qualifications in a particular area of special needs. We have considerable expertise in the care and education of young people with autism and those who have challenging behaviour and we continually update our knowledge.
Teaching Assistants: All our TAs attend the same training as the teaching staff. We employ assistants with relevant experience who hold NVQ qualifications from Level 2 to level 4.
Children’s Service Managers: All have or are working towards the level 5 Leadership and management in residential care, alongside any degree or level 3 Residential Childcare diploma.
Learning and Care Assistants: All hold or are working towards in their first two years the Level 3 NVQ Residential Child care diploma. Due to the highly specialized experience we offer we have a high number of graduates working at the school who have psychology degrees or higher degrees but are seeking experience for a few years at the start of their career.
Therapists: Our therapist team are all registered and belong to their individual professional bodies.