We currently have one large family-style house for up to eight school students aged to 19 years. This 38-week
provision is registered and inspected by Ofsted under our Residential Special Schools registration
Run like a family group, everyone is expected to contribute what they can to the running of the house, for example, setting tables, taking out the compost or washing up after meals. Meal times are an important part of the day with a freshly cooked midday meal. Staff and students enjoy this community gathering which provides a sense of 'home' and belonging alongside opportunities to develop social and independence skills.
We aim to provide a home-from-home style setting where formal learning and guidance is important, but having fun, relaxing and sharing social time together is equally valued. Enabling each child or young person to keep in touch with their family is a priority and regular contact is arranged. Parents and placing authorities are kept closely informed about their child's progress and wellbeing, and we aim to facilitate a supportive network for each individual student.
Sheiling College has three large residential houses. These are registered as care homes and inspected by CQC. One provides residential accommodation for students aged 16-25 years and the remaining two are for students 19-25 years.
Residential students have their own bedroom in a college house and live there whilst at college 38 weeks of the year.
Each house provides a family-style community for its students, with individualised bedrooms and shared communal spaces such as lounges and kitchens. Students are encouraged to participate in household activities, such as cooking and cleaning as well as maintaining the gardens. Meals are prepared and eaten together.
Care is taken to ensure that houses are friendly, welcoming and attractive. Natural materials predominate, providing gentle but diverse sensory stimulation. Meals are prepared in each house using mainly organic produce. Students assist with household tasks and, where possible, manage to care for themselves and their surroundings.