Rowdeford has a boarding facility for 16 pupils which is open Monday to Thursday nights during term time. New boarders usually start with two nights a week boarding either Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday, gradually increasing to four nights when the pupil is ready. There are two homely boarding houses: currently a boys boarding house with nine places and a girls boarding house with seven spaces.
A House Leader who is a qualified Residential Care Officer manages each boarding house with other staff and there are always two members of staff during the pupils' waking hours. Tina Cole, Head Of Student Welfare and Linda Cook, Deputy Head of Student Welfare are responsible, on alternate nights, for the running of the boarding houses. One member of staff sleeps overnight on each boarding house. We are inspected every year by Ofsted click here to read our latest report.
Young people board for many reasons. Some travel long distances to reach Rowdeford each day. All gain social and independent living skills and have to learn to be part of the boarding community, getting along with their peers with whom they share bedrooms and living accommodation. We offer lots of fun activities such as: swimming at the Oasis pool; art and craft; judo; go carts; cinema evenings; skittles; quiz nights; walks and picnic teas; shopping; cooking; meals out; trips to the theatre; an annual boarders day out and much more. Pupils are also expected to do regular chores such as washing up, wiping up, setting the table on a rota and keeping their bedrooms tidy.
In each bedroom there is a play station 2 and a radio/CD player. We have a computer with internet connection in each dining room as well as a Wii console.
Pupils are allocated a key worker who visits parents or carers prior to boarding and keeps in touch with home each week telling them what their children have done during their time in boarding. Key workers will work with the young person setting targets on a care plan to assist with their progress.
Boarders are required to bring in £11.00 per week for school dinners (unless they qualify for free school meals) and £10.00 per week pocket money plus payment for any after school clubs that they wish to attend. There is currently a waiting list for boarding. We offer a one-year placement and parents sign a contract to ensure that we are all working together to support the best interests of the pupil.
If you would like to know more about boarding please contact Tina Cole (Head of Student Welfare) or Linda Cook (Deputy Head of Student Welfare) for more details.
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