Residential Placement Policy and Criteria
It is our aim to offer the pupils at Linden Bridge School a residential experience to enhance their social learning opportunities and to improve their outcomes.
However the offer of residential education is not a statutory or compulsory offer and may not be appropriate for all pupils.
For example, the residential learning programme may not be appropriate:
- Where the young person’s social needs are well met within the family and local community
- Where the young person or family decide they do not wish to access this provision
- Where the young person has met threshold for a social care package of support, which is provided more appropriately else where
- Where the level of social care support need is so high that they cannot be met from our resources
In our best endeavours to ensure transparency and equality we will invite applications from all eligible students when a residential vacancy becomes available, and conduct a needs based assessment in the form of a weighted points system in the 4 key areas:
- Education progress
- Impact of distance and journey time
- Social care support needs
We will also consider pupil and parental views, any additional exceptional circumstances, whether there is a place in an appropriate peer / age group. All potential boarders will be subject to an individual 'safe from harm' risk assessment of the student’s behaviours and needs and also to an 'impact' risk assessment on the group of students they would be placed with.
Priority will be given to pupils with an assessed social care need, where the provision of Linden Bridge School Residential is stated in their education and health care plan, making it a statutory requirement.
Our Linden Bridge criteria will remain in place until Surrey County Council release their own, or provide new direction, at which point we will re-evaluate our document. Our criteria will be for any student who is in Year 7 or above.
Once a place is allocated we will meet with the parents to set out targets to support achieving pupil learning outcomes and a time-frame to review progress. All placements will be subject to annual review. Place allocation is not permanent and it may be necessary to rotate some placements to give other pupils fair access and opportunity.
The residential provision at Linden Bridge School is subject to a rigorous annual inspection by OFSTED using the National Minimum Care Standards Care standards for Residential Special Schools, and half termly advisory visits by the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS), as an independent visitor.
Caroline Towersey - Residential Manager
Rachel Watt - Headteacher