Residence and Pastoral Care

Springfield House School is a residential special school, which means that it has a residential unit open on week days during term time. Residence is based in the Lodge which can accommodate up to ten children at a time, in its two wings. Residence is a flexible arrangement for either one or two nights a week, reviewed on a termly basis. Children usually enter residence when classroom staff or other professionals working closely with the child feel that residence would benefit the child educationally and make a Request for Support.

Children are supported in residence by experienced and skilled practitioners who know them well as they also work with them during the school day. Residence means that children are able to be with their friends, participate in exciting and enriching activities, develop their life skills and grow in confidence and self-esteem. Pupils frequently ask to stay in residence because they recognise it as a great opportunity for positive social relationships and ordinary aspects of childhood which may have been difficult for them before.

Here are some comments about residence at Springfield House:

“Excellent service and care, seeing a big improvement on the residential side for my child” – Parent

“Positive and enthusiastic, child-centred and holistic” – Local Authority commissioning manager

“The residential provision absolutely fulfils the aim of the school to provide a nurturing environment…clearly makes a tremendous difference to children’s lives” – Ofsted inspector

If you have any questions about residence at Springfield House, please feel free to contact Stuart Broadaway, Principal Care Co-ordinator, at the school, and he will be happy to help you.