Hamilton Lodge School

Residential Standards & Policies

Standards

We constantly review the provision we have in place to ensure it is as good as it can be and it meets and exceeds the residential schools national minimum standards. We make changes if and when required. We carry out an extensive self evaluation annually where we review every aspect of our provision highlighting areas for further development. These are then incorporated into our development planning to ensure we are continually improving what we can offer our learners.

In addition to this:

  • we are inspected annually by Ofsted using the common inspection framework and see this as a critical quality assurance process that helps us ensure we do what we say we do..
  • We facilitate a number of Local Authority compliance visits every year.

Ofsted: Common inspection Framework

Residential special schools national minimum standards

Independent visitor

Vicky Ferguson is our independent visitor. Vicky visits once every six weeks in residential time, she complies a report on the residential provision which is shared with staff and governors. Vicky has experience in working in a residential school and can communicate via BSL. When visiting Vicky is available to see learners and staff privately should they wish.  

Responsible Governor

Sue Hart is the governor with links to the residential provision. Sue worked in a residential special school early in her career and has broad experience of working with SEND learners both face to face and at a strategic level. Sue oversees the delivery of the Level 3 diploma in Residential Care at Hamilton Lodge. 

Learner led improvement

Leaners have several opportunities to contribute towards the improvement of the daily running of their provision. A weekly school council meeting is attended by a peer elected group of learners and the Head Teacher, Business Manager and Head of Care. These meetings are recorded, and the minutes circulated to all leaners and staff. 

There are house meetings at least termly in each house, where learners are encouraged to raise issues relevant to their residential settings. Records of these meetings are made and circulated. 

Policies

Key policies pertaining to residential provision that are not compulsory to publish.