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Graduation Celebrations at Ecclesbourne Lodge

Ecclesbourne Lodge held their first Graduation day to celebrate the achievements of the young adults who have all progressed through the homes accredited Asdan programme. Young people worked through units, set at their level, in subjects including life skills, community based learning, sensory awareness and cooking activities.

Families and friends came to Ecclesbourne Plant Centre and Tea Room to help celebrate and  enjoy music and food after the awards ceremony.

Jo Walker, Registered Manager said ” Today has been one of the most amazing and emotional in the history of Ecclesbourne Lodge. I am so proud of all the young adults who have achieved awards today and would like to give a special thanks to Dawn for her outstanding work in helping our young people achieve these milestones and Lucy for helping organise such an amazing event.”

Alderwasley Students Celebrate GCSE Success

Students and staff at Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre have celebrated fantastic GCSE results.

2017/18 was a second successive record breaking year for the school. There was further national uncertainty in GCSE results this year due to the implementation of GCSE reforms, including a new grading system for many GCSEs.

Students this year, were graded on a 9-1 scale (9 being the highest) for reformed GCSEs, whilst retaining the A*-G scale (A* being the highest) for all other GCSEs.
Of the 34 GCSEs taken by 19 young people in 11 different subjects every single one was passed and 74% of them were awarded a grade 4+/C+ which is outstanding.

Paul Burrows, Deputy Headteacher congratulated the students for their hard work and determination. ” A truly excellent set of results”.

Hydra’s Fun and Frolics in Blackpool!

Hydra’s girls have been lucky enough to travel all the way to Blackpool. Staying in our very own house, we have enjoyed fantastic rides on the Pleasure Beach, fish and chips and a show!
Arriving on a Tuesday afternoon it was straight to the beach to enjoy the sea. The sun, sea and sand were just what the girls needed, what a delight. Time was flying by. Soon it was time for a show, ‘Summer Holiday’ which kept everyone interested, each song was uplifting and really put the girls in the mood for the holidays. Before bed we had a quick drive around the beach to give everyone a chance to see the spectacular lights which Blackpool is known for, unforgettable.
The following day the girls had a chance to enjoy the Pleasure Beach rides, not for the faint hearted and they even went on one of the rides several times! This didn’t put them off their food however, with everyone enjoying some fabulous fish and chips before heading back to Bladon. What a fantastic night away!

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition 2018

In June and July of 2018, six students from Bladon House School took on the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh practice and assessed expeditions in order to complete their Bronze awards. The practice expedition consisted of two days of walking in the National Forest with an overnight camp at Beehive farm Lake. The two days practice expedition was interspersed with teaching the students about first aid and camp cooking with all those involved, navigating the route using a route card. At the campsite, students erected their own tents and cooked their own meals while also enjoying an open fire and various activities such as archery, football and nerf ball.

After a two week break, all six students then took part in the assessed expedition around the Shirley and Osmaston areas of the Derbyshire Dales. The assessed expedition followed the same two day format of the practice expedition, but this time the students were being scrutinised by an external Duke of Edinburgh Award assessor. The walking route for the assessed expedition was 14 miles of challenging terrain with the students navigating independently using a route card and demonstrating the teamwork they had earned over the past year of activities. The students had another night of camping to conquer with the assessor casting a watchful eye on how they put up their tents and prepared their meals.
Just before the end of the walk, the assessor sat the group down to give them the good news that all had passed the expedition phase and that he was very impressed by their efforts over the past two days. All six students had performed admirably and were successful in completing Duke of Edinburgh Bronze awards

Wild Camping

In July 2018, a student from Bladon House School was treated to an evening of “Wild Camping” at Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes in order to practice the bush craft and survival skills he had learned throughout the year.

On arrival at the woods, we decided the first priority was to secure a source of water so we set about collecting, filtering and treating water from a nearby lake. A task made amusing as the Instructor managed to lose his footing and fall in the lake! Once water had been secured we set about building hammocks and shelters in the woods and hanging all our equipment in the trees before collecting a processing dead wood for the evenings fire.

With the fire set, a cooking tripod was crafted in order to suspend our cooking pot above the fire and prepare the evening meal. With hot drinks made with the aid of a Kelly kettle and hot food from the open fire, a relaxing and fun evening was had exploring the surrounding woodland and learning how to set traps. The night was rounded off by a scary “Ghost Walk” around the woods in the dark before settling down in the hammocks for a good night’s sleep.
We rose with the sun to prepare a delicious porridge breakfast before packing away all equipment and making sure that no trace of our night out in the woods was left behind.

River Trent Canoeing Expedition

In July of 2018, two students from Bladon House School took on the challenge demanding two day canoeing expedition on the River Trent. The Expedition consisted of a 12 mile river trip, by canoe, from Burton on Trent to Swarkestone with an overnight camp next to the river at Poplars Farm in Twyford.

Day one saw the students tackle the 8.5 miles from Burton on Trent to Twyford where they learned to paddle a Canadian canoe as part of a team, practicing forward, reverse and turning paddle strokes. This stage of the trip showed the students a very different view of the school as they looked up at it from the river.Various stops on the shale river banks along the way provided rest and the opportunity to collect firewood for the evening’s open fire.

At the end of a tough five hours of paddling, students reached the riverside camp site where they erected tents and canoe shelters before setting about preparing their own meals and hot drinks using Trangia stoves. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing by an open fire and resting ready for the next day of paddling.

Day 2 saw the students paddling a further 3.5 miles from Twyford to Swarkestone with a short detour up a river tributary to visit the caves of Anchor Church. The expedition finished near Swarkestone bridge after a close encounter with “Fluffy”, the resident aggressive swan than resides near Barrow on Trent, that scared members of staff more than students!
After a well-deserved ice cream it was time to return to school, all tired but having a sense of achievement in completing a very demanding expedition

One Nine Five Rated as an Outstanding Service in Latest CQC Inspection

The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by 195 Ashby Road in Burton Upon Trent to be Outstanding following an inspection in May.
195 Ashby Road provides accommodation and nursing or personal care to people with learning disabilities or autism to allow them to live as independently as possible from a property that is split into three self-contained flats.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. A full inspection report has been published on CQC’s website:

Under CQC’s programme of inspections, all adult social care services are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. 195 Ashby Road is rated Outstanding for being responsive and well-led, and Good for being safe, caring and effective.

Maggie Hannelly, CQC’s Head of Inspection for Adult Social Care in the central region said:

“Our inspection team was really impressed by the level of care and support offered to people at 195 Ashby Road.

“We found there was a strong focus on individual achievement and staff were committed to helping the young people using this service to progress, achieve their goals and move towards more independence.

“People developed skills within the home and were also able to progress through education and leisure opportunities. They were encouraged and supported to learn to manage some of their behaviours and this was closely monitored.

“There was a strong ethos of learning from incidents and people’s was reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it met their needs. Staff had an in-depth understanding of people’s diverse needs and were committed to enabling everyone to have equal access and receiving information in a way they understood.

“People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible. Staff were caring and treated people with respect and kindness. There were many opportunities for people using the service to get involved in activities and pursue their interests.

“Staff knew them well and understood how to care for them in a personalised way, including ensuring they maintained and developed important relationships.

“All of this meant people received a high standard of care, which is why it has been rated Outstanding.”

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said:
“The quality of care which our inspectors found here was exceptional and I am very pleased that we can celebrate the service’s achievements.
“An outstanding service is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved.”

Alderwasley Hall School Band Entertain Family’s at Derby Museum

The SENAD Group have partnered up with Derby Museum for their two family focussed 2018 Summer Exhibitions. The first exhibition had a family launch event on Saturday 14th July from 12pm, where members of Alderwasley Hall School band performed to visitors.

The second exhibition ‘Bare Bones’ starts at the end of August. Teachers from Alderwasley Hall School and Bladon House School are working with the museums Schools Programmer and SEN Session Coordinators to organise three SEN specific activity sessions, two of which will be for SENAD students and the third for young people from a city school.

Both Exhibitions and the Family Event on the 14th of July are free entry (donations welcome).

Helping People Live the Life They Want..

An account from SENAD Community ( Coventry) Team Leader, Ian Lineker who supports one of his Service users to go on holiday…

For the last 15 years we have been supporting a service user to go on holiday. We have been to many places over the years, the United States, Africa on safari twice, Spain too many times to mention, and Turkey but to name a few.

Our routine is that we support him to go to the travel agency in January, he picks where he wants to go and he arranges to pay the balance of the holiday. We ensure that the travel agent has included all that he needs at the hotel, such as a walk in shower, entertainment in the evening and plenty of space/local attractions to walk around during the day.

This year he decided he wanted to go back to Lanzarote, we went last year and knew the area well. The weather was a bit poor for the first week and we spent a lot of time exploring the local area. In the evening we had a walk out to different bars and enjoyed the entertainment. We had a lot of late nights….and late mornings.

An example of a typical day (or not as the case may be) is when we were out one day and he decided that he would like to go on a bike- the four wheeled type. So we did, it was really hard work but really enjoyable and we met some really nice people on our journey.

We also visited a place called Texas Rancho Park in Lanzarote, which has of different animals that he really enjoys. We had something to eat and spent the day exploring the park using a wheelchair. He enjoyed getting in and out of the wheelchair to see the different animals.

We also visited a very large sea life centre twice. He liked handling different things and spent some time chilling by the pool watching the world go by.

Although I was concerned this year as his mobility has deteriorated over the years, there were no incidents of falls and it was a lovely holiday, in fact he enjoyed it so much he has already started planning his next one.

Stand up to Cancer Coffee Morning

Students and residents at the West Midlands Learning Campus raised £70 at this years Stand Up to Cancer Coffee Morning.

Thank you to all those who supported the event. Even Paul Hollywood made an appearance.