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Bladon House School Have Their Own Park Run

Bladon have adapted the hugely popular Saturday morning Park Run for their young people. Some young people found the weekly events across the country too busy and the distance of 5km a little too far, so Bladon decided to hold their own event around the school grounds.

Each Bladon mile has a theme, with the February run as valentine’s day, and the next theme in March being St Patrick’s Day.

This is a great opportunity for young people to be outside in the fresh air whilst improving both physical and mental wellbeing through running and walking.

The bladon Mile


SENAD Community Derby Exceptional at Placing People at the Heart of the Service

SENAD Community Derby

Registered Area Manager, Anna Goscombe, staff and service users of SENAD Community Derby are celebrating their phenomenal success following their recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The SENAD Community team support people across the East Midlands with a range of support needs including learning disabilities, Autism, brain injuries and mental health needs to live in the community as independently as possible.
CQC rated the service ‘Outstanding’ in four of the five inspection areas; effective, caring, responsive and well led.
The inspector praised the service for being ‘exceptional’ in placing service users at the heart of the service. Their top priority is people’s safety, wellbeing and happiness.

The service demonstrates this in a number of ways; Involving people and their families in the recruitment of support staff and the care planning process, a dedicated staff team who are given time to get to know the individual and build the trust that ensures positive long lasting relationships, treating people as individuals and supporting and empowering them to have maximum choice and control and to achieve their goals and independence. They are also exceptional at helping people express their views, including using innovative methods to help people communicate, including the use of technology.

A relative interviewed by the inspector commented “We had a sense of relief knowing that SENAD was the right agency. They treated him as a person, valued and respected. These values resonate in both the Registered Manager and staff”.

Helping service users, that had previously socially isolated become part of their community, has made a huge impact on peoples’ lives. For example the team are supporting a person to watch sport at their local club. This has made the person feel like a part of their community, improved their memory, reduced their anxiety and increased their overall wellbeing.
Anna commented “This is a truly exceptional result for an outstanding team. I am so proud of the feedback we have received and of our fabulous team who work incredibly hard to deliver amazing care to the people we support.”

Horizon Students Help Bladon Students Be Kind To The Environment

Students from Horizons Sixth Form in Derby have been commissioned to make water bottles for students at Bladon House School. The water bottles are made as part of the Horizon students Enterprise programme.  They are personalised with the photos and name of each Bladon student. Bladon asked for the bottles to be made as part of their commitment to reduce the use of plastic.

While at the school the sixth formers took the opportunity to visit Bladon’s Farm and say hello to the goats and the piglets.

Friday Club Fun!

Friday club

The SENAD Community Friday Club have been having a great time since we last saw them… Last Friday was Bingo day and today they’ve been decorating their own cakes to take home to their friends and family… or for themselves to enjoy!!!

Alderwasley Deputy Head Awarded Fellowship Status at the Chartered College of Teaching

Paul Burrows Awarded Fellowship Status at the Chartered College of Teaching

Congratulations to Paul Burrows, Deputy Headteacher at Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form who  was awarded Fellowship status at the Chartered College of Teaching in December 2019. The Chartered College of Teaching, is the recognised professional body for the teaching profession.

Of the half a million or so teachers currently registered in the UK and eligible to become members of the Chartered College, there are less than 750 who have been awarded Fellowship status.

The charter states “We want to recognise the commitment and achievements of the teaching profession. Fellowship (FCCT) of the Chartered College of Teaching is an accolade held by some of the most committed teachers and leaders who have shown a significant and sustained contribution to the teaching profession and their own professional development. As the highest and most prestigious category of membership at the Chartered College, it is a mark of your achievements, skills and expertise as a teaching professional. Additionally, it is a formal recognition and celebration of your ongoing contribution to the profession, and comes with a range of benefits. As a Fellow, you will be encouraged to support members and other teachers to engage with and promote the use of evidence.”

Paul is the first teacher within the SENAD Group to hold this accolade. Paul said:

“It all started with a tweet!

Dame Alison Peacock messaged me in May 2019 liking my Twitter descriptor and saying that she “embraces my positivity about teaching”. Since then I have applied for and become a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. The values of the Chartered College are ones which I firmly uphold, namely: to improve the quality of education for children and young people by supporting teachers, championing great teaching and raising the status of the profession.”


Floor Plans of Maple View School Published


Maple View School 3D Floor Plan

Maple View School 3D Floor Plan

Building work at Maple View School is now well underway. The work is due to be completed in February 2020. The adaptations to the building have been done in consultation with our expert  team of staff to ensure that they meet the specific needs of the children who will attend the school.

Maple View is a new inspirational specialist school for children with moderate to severe learning difficulties, aged 7 to 16 years. Located in Mackworth, a suburb of Derby, the school is a short distance from the City Centre.

The School is purpose built with light, airy and flexible education spaces as well as quiet spaces and classroom break out rooms. The residential facilities are modern, spacious and homely.  The school has a large secure garden and play area, all making Maple View a fantastic place to live and learn.

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West Midlands Learning Campus do Xmas in Style

Christmas tree festival

Staff, residents and parents/carers have enjoyed a November and December full of fabulous Christmas activities.

At the end of November they were invited to support St Peter’s tree appeal at the local church by decorating their own tree as part of a display of over 60 trees. Our tree was named ‘Santa Clause’ the Festival took part over the first weekend in December and at the end we took our tree back to decorate reception so everyone had the opportunity to enjoy it. Special thanks go to David Symons, Art Facilitator and the residents of Winslow Court and Cedar Lodge for their time and effort in creating some truly beautiful tree decorations.

In December the third West Midlands Learning Campus Christmas Fayre took place. The Mayor and Mayoress of Bromyard joined Parents, Residents, locals and Santa for a fabulous morning. Thank you to the learning support staff who helped young people to make the items for sale. Thank you to Donna and Chloe in the kitchen for producing fabulous turkey cobs and to Dave and Amber for serving during the morning. Special thanks for Neil and Connor for their help with Santa!

The festivities continued with a Christmas meal for residents of adult homes and their families. Thank you to everyone who helped transform the rugby club. Thank you to Kamilla, Trudi, Leah, Julia and Martin for serving the meal. A truly lovely evening.

Parents of a resident sent an email to Martin Carter, Head of Rowden House and the Herefordshire Adult Homes, with the following message….” We wanted to email you to thank all the staff for a marvellous Christmas dinner at Bromyard Rugby Club. The atmosphere was really Christmassy! It was a great venue for it and nice to see all the houses together. We had a wonderful time, we were some of the last to leave! Debbie, Julia and Trudi worked very hard to make the evening memorable. Again, many thanks to you all for a wonderful time. I hope you will keep using this venue. Happy Christmas!”

Curry Night a Hot Favourite at Orchard End

Orchard End Curry Night

Residents and staff at Orchard End recently welcomed friends from Winslow Court, Fairfield House and Park House for a curry night, celebrating the best of Indian cuisine and contemporary culture.

We are keen to learn about other cultures and what better way to do it than through a sociable evening with friends where we tried mouth-watering homemade curries and authentic side dishes including naan bread, poppadum’s, raita, chutneys and Bombay potatoes. We played traditional music through the evening and watched two Indian films. Guests also did some illustrations from Indian art and popular culture.

We hope this will be the first of many events as it was a really great evening. Sincere thanks to everyone who travelled to us for the evening. We hope to see you all back at Orchard End very soon.

Fairfield Fireworks!

Fireworks at Fairfield

Fairfield House had a fireworks and bonfire party on the 4th November 2019. We had lots of lovely guests from Winslow, Park House, and Orchard End.

Everyone had lots of food, there was a choice between homemade five bean chilli con carne and chicken curry. There were also chips and rice as well as luxury hot chocolates with cream and marshmallows! The chefs had been busy in the kitchen since Saturday preparing for Monday night. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food and the kitchen soon ran out of curry!

All the guests were asked to make a Guy Fawkes to go on the bonfire and there was a competition to judge the best. Fairfield and Park House came joint 1st! Prizes included lollipops and sweeties for the residents.

After the competition, the bonfire had several Guy Fawkes on the top to keep the maintenance team busy. Once everyone had eaten their dinner and the Guy Fawkes competition had ended the fireworks began! It was a super display lasting half an hour. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thank you to everyone that attended our party and all the staff for their hard work in making it such a success.We hope to see you next year.