Our Summer Camping trip to Llanmadoc on the Gower peninsula in Wales for year 7 & 8 students, getting involved in camp craft, walking, sports, bike riding and generally having a great time in a coastal environment.
Each school day ends with a final assembly at 15.30 when the pupils are handed over by the teachers and SSAs to the Care staff. Teachers are timetabled until 4.05 for curriculum development, though the regular and very numerous staff group meeting, reviews etc.,which are scheduled, extend much longer than this.
When the children arrive in their respective homes they change out of school uniform and undertake extra reading and/or school work when they are supported by care staff as would a pupils returning form school to their own home. The evening routines then take over.
Friday mornings are extended to take into account the timings of taxis and the need to prepare pupils for the weekend ahead. An extra period of 45 minutes is included taking lunch up to 13.00.Pupils go to their homes for lunch and change ready for home. They return into school with their bags and belongings for the final activity of the week, the Record of Achievement session at 14.00.
This session is the singularly most important moment of the week when all achievement is recognised, celebrated and recorded. Everyone is expected to attend. During the preceding morning school staff will have discussed each child against the targets on their profiles for the recognition of achievement in school and similarly at their regular Friday morning meeting the Care staff will have done the same.
Our aim is for all pupils to have achievement that is recognised no mater how small. The final act of this session is to award to all pupils who achieve a yellow (top) award in both home and school, a GOLD certificate.
The pupils are then dismissed to their taxis in an orderly fashion at 15.00. Staff de-brief sessions are then scheduled except for the last Friday of each calendar month when a full staff meeting occurs.