Welcome to Residential
We are proud to offer a residential provision at Sidestrand Hall School.
The residential provision caters for up to 26 pupils nightly from Monday to Thursday term time only.
The residential accommodation is split into five separate houses. Poppyland, Barclay Court, Nelson’s Nest and Flat One are situated within the beautiful old hall and the fifth, Clement Lodge, is in a stand alone house overlooking the stunning Norfolk coastline.
Children and young people can board between 1-4 nights depending on identified need and the level of support that is required. We support children and young people’s development in emotional well being and independence skills through a 24hr curriculum. Our aim is to nurture, promote independence and offer new and fulfilling experiences for pupils helping them to achieve beyond expectations.
You can view our Statement of Purpose: 2023-24 Residential Statement of Purpose . This is also available in a child friendly version: Child friendly Statement of purpose and a symbol version: Statement of Purpose (symbol version)
Sidestrand Hall recognises that the wishes, preferences and feelings of young people are key to an effective residential provision.
We value the wishes of our young people and help manage their lives through key worker meetings and group meetings. We also have a representative on the school council.
Each young person is assigned a key worker who acts as the children’s voice. Once every half term the young person has a formal meeting with their keyworker to talk about how they feel and discuss particular activities they would like to do. They look at and plan their individual targets in line with their EHCPs to help manage their individual development.
We also have an independent listener who visits the children once a month. They have the opportunity to talk to them about any issues or concerns they may have. Posters for the independent listener are displayed throughout the houses so that children can contact them if they want to.
The five separate houses each have a kitchen, lounge and individual bedrooms. The houses are comfortable and welcoming, aiming to create a home from home living environment where children shop and prepare their own meals with staff support. Children are encouraged to cook and eat well balanced nutritious meals through the eat well plate, and are supported to try new foods and recipes. Identified special dietary requirements are catered for.
Each house has its own lounge which is a relaxed comfortable environment. Children can engage in a wide range of activities including Xbox, art and crafts, board games, reading, supervised computer time or watch a film. There is also a pool table.
Each child and young person has their own bedroom which they can personalise with posters, pictures and photos of family and pets. We want the children to feel like their bedroom is their own so that they are comfortable and relaxed to aid a good night’s sleep.
Boys, year groups 7-12
Up to 5 boarders per night
Boys, year groups 5 to 11
up to 4 boarders per night
Girls – year groups 5 to 11
4 boarders per night
Mixed, Sixth Form pupils
Boys, Mon and Tues/Girls, Wed and Thu
Up to 2 boarders per night
Mixed, year groups 5 to 12
Children with a diagnosis of autism
Up to 6 boarders per night
Meet the Team
The Residential Manager holds a diploma level 5 in social care
The RCCOS (Residential Childcare Officers) are trained or training towards Diploma level 3 in residential care or equivalent.
All staff are trained in current safeguarding and child protection legislation including keeping children safe in education.
Deputy Residential Manager
“Absolutely brilliant. We are so grateful and so happy with the school’s residential. It has helped us so much as a family” parent
“He loves attending residential, its a really positive experience for him. He looks forward to his night away and is gaining confidence and independence. This has been a blessing for us as a family” parent
“Its great to see him so happy and enjoying boarding” parent
ASDAN Exploring Aspirations
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As part of continuing growth and development our curriculum focus is on developing independence and social skills.
We evidence this through the ASDAN “Exploring Aspirations”
The Exploring Aspirations course aims to better prepare young people for the next stage in their education and for good life outcomes.
The Exploring Aspirations activities support the delivery of PSHE, Citizenship and Careers Education and are mapped to the four Preparing for Adulthood pathways:
- friends, relationships and community
- good health
- independent living