A broad and balanced curriculum is on offer, including the National Curriculum where appropriate. Courses are based on a modular structure as this is better suited to the learning style of many of our pupils. Students can be entered for Entry Level Certificates and GCSEs plus vocational BTECs and ASDAN. There is a strong emphasis on outdoor education and media and students are given the opportunity to participate in a varied and stimulating educational programme based on the new secondary curriculum.
Chelfham Senior School is committed to providing students with a 24 hour curriculum which addresses the individual physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs of each student. Learning is personalised through a flexible approach with team teaching, themed days and appropriate accreditation. The courses are set up to cater for a smooth transition through 14 to 19 and we make full use of modern technologies to accredit and assess progress made.
Chelfham Senior School is registered and inspected by Ofsted as a children's home and promotes the Every Child Matters outcomes. The 24 hour curriculum links the care and education programmes and provides a structure in which the development of students as individuals is encouraged and facilitated. This is achieved by pursuing interests in the wider community, taking part in courses at local colleges and through supported work experience.
Every student is allocated a key worker and co-key worker. Students have regular meetings with their key worker, usually the person who will have the most contact with their parents and / or social workers. The key worker also maintains close contact with the tutor to cross the 24 hour curriculum. Detailed profiles of students abilities in a wide range of social and life skills are kept and any challenging or difficult behaviour is closely monitored. Each term the key worker and student, with guidance from senior therapists, negotiate targets and areas of improvement. Key workers will aim to contact parents or guardians on a weekly basis and keep them updated on progress and achievements.
Accommodation, facilities and activities
Chelfham Senior School is located on two sites in the heart of the Devon countryside, close to Dartmoor National Park and the many wonderful beaches of North Cornwall.
Bere Alston: 7 to 16 years
The main house is divided into four family living units with TV lounge, dining and drinks facilities. The living unit a student joins depends on his individual needs and levels of development rather than age. Students may move units during their time at Chelfham Senior School in response to a change in his need and an increase in levels of confidence and maturity.
Kilworthy House: post 16 provision
The extensive grounds provide students with the space and facilities to access the curriculum and the opportunity to 'step away' from it when the company of others is too great. Year 11 students may move to Kilworthy House where they can focus on vocational awareness courses and independence skills training.
The nearby towns of Tavistick and Plymouth offer shops and leisure facilities and Dartmoor National Park is only a 15 minute drive away. A direct rail link is available to London.
Separate teaching blocks provide general classrooms plus specialist rooms for science, life skills and cookery.
During the evenings, weekends and holiday periods the residential care teams organise a wide and diverse range of leisure activities, some of these will be based on site, whilst others offer students the opportunity to participate and contribute in the wider community.
Students are given a free choice of activities and we encourage them to become involved in a varied programme, with the specific aim of matching their individual needs. This should include some type of physical activity or sport where they can not only promote their health and fitness but also their social model, communicating with and supporting others.
The whole curriculum is underpinned by an appropriate range of specialist therapeutic interventions.
- Individual care pathways tailored to individual needs
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Child and adolescent psychiatry and psychological support where needed
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Art psychotherapy
The input provided by the therapy services is incorporated into the 24 hour curriculum, through:
- Individual therapy sessions with students
- Assessment and programme development
- Developing strategies and interventions in conjunction with education and residential staff
- Incorporating strategies into Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and
- Care Plans
- Ongoing training and staff development
- Liaising with wider services as required
Kilworthy House: post 16 provision
When a student transfers from Bere Alston to Kilworthy House, the transition is phased to ensure continuity and minimise any anxieties about 'moving on'. Very often this will include staff transferring with them.
Quality assurance and Policies
Priory Education Services has a system for auditing our services against the regulations outlined by Ofsted Care and Education Inspection Standards and National Minimum Standards where appropriate. Our policies, procedures and systems are implemented at an individual school level by managers and staff.
Quality Assurance systems include Ofsted care and education audits of our standards and practice. School performance is monitored against the standards set by regulating bodies and internal company specific performance indicators on a monthly basis.
Chelfham Senior School operates the following policies:
- Anti-bullying policy
- Child protection policy
- Complaints policy
- Curriculum policy
- Health and safety policy
- Ofsted report
- Sanctions policy
- Staff list
- Statement of purpose
- Teaching and learning policy