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NozStock 2019

We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful wizard of Noz!!

While the youngsters of Rowden House School had enjoyed a very successful Prom evening, the residents of Winslow Court & Cedar Lodge were eagerly anticipating the weekend’s festival.

Now in its 21st year, Nozstock is one of the UK’s longest running festivals. Family-run, very much home-made and proudly independent on a beautiful working farm set upon rolling hills, the Nosworthy family continue to curate one of the UK’s finest emporiums of music, arts, food and drink, with a huge focus on keeping all kids and families entertained in the Little Wonderland Kids Area.

Highlights for many included a DJ set from Rudimental, Soul II Soul and The Sleaford Mods, while the energetic and uplifting Oh My God! It’s The Church returned to the main Orchard stage for their Sunday service !!

Residents & staff collected their festival bands from the entry tent and followed the yellow brick road to the wonderful Rainbow, which then took us all in to the enchanted world of OZ (This year’s festival had a Wizard of Oz theme, complete with tin men, cowardly lions, witches, munchkin men & and an emerald city.

The Orchard (main) stage was the main focal point, where they enjoyed listening to the bands play Sunday morning and watching the performers weave & dance their way through the morning crowds.

Everyone had a really good time and we would like to thank the Nozstock team, especially Cara, who made this visit possible.

Rowden House School Prom 2019

On Thursday 18th July, the pupils from Rowden House School enjoyed their leaving Prom. Pupils wowed the staff with their choice of attire and dance moves for the evening! For those who leave us this year, we wish you well, we are very proud of you and what you have achieved whilst being with us at Rowden House School.

This year’s prom was held at The Bank House, Bransford, Worcester. The students had been busy prior to prom night, making many fantastic decorations for their night… It was a night of lights, camera, action!! (Hollywood Theme) in the Elgar suite well done to everyone who was involved in creating such wonderful pieces of artwork.

The students all arrived looking absolutely fabulous, supported by the staff, who also looked every part of prom night too! They slowly made their way in to the Elgar suite, stopping to have the obligatory prom photo taken under the banner. Upon arrival the students had the option to get down and boogie on the dance floor with DJ Richie Palmer, enjoy the bubble machine or have photos taken with the Hollywood backdrop/picture frame booth.

The students had a fabulous evening, dancing to all their favourite tunes and asking for many requests from Rich, who was happy to oblige, requests played right up until the end of the evening. A delicious buffet was served, along with drinks and a cake displaying portraits of all our students was photographed and then carefully cut in to sections for all to enjoy.

The students (and staff) all had a great prom night. Thanks go to all the staff for supporting the students, the parents, family members, friends who came along to enjoy the night with their son/daughter, to the staff who gave up their time to decorate the suite, the staff who came along in the evening in their own time, all staff at The Bank House who looked after us all evening; to DJ Richie Palmer for the tunes and most importantly the students who had a fabulous evening.

Chief Executive Officer Awarded Honorary Master Degree From The University of Derby

Brian Jones PC VC Chancellor

Huge congratulations go to our Chief Executive Officer, Brian Jones who was been awarded an Honorary Master Degree from Derby University, to recognise him for his work to promote and ensure the equality of education for young people.

Brian has been Chief Executive Officer for the SENAD Group since 2006. Using his significant experience in specialist education with local authorities, the voluntary sector and independent sector, he has successfully led the group in designing and operating high quality education, therapy and care services for young people and adults with autism, speech language and communication needs and mental health needs.

Brian is relentless in his dedication, determination and ambition to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our society and their families are treated with the respect, dignity and have equal opportunities to maximise their potential. He is highly respected figure within the sector and works closely with the Department for Education, educational institutions, including the University of Derby to develop policy and practice that will increase equality for all people with additional needs.



One Nine Five Reach Finals of Staffordshire Dignity Awards

Congratulations to Jamie Thomas, Registered Manager and his staff team at One Nine Five in Burton on Trent, who were finalists in this years Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards. Jamie attended the awards ceremony at Newcastle and Stafford Performing Arts College.
Although not the winner this year, being a finalist is a fantastic achievement and acknowledgment of Jamie’s great leadership and the dedication of the staff team to provide the very best care for residents. Well done to you all!

The Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards, now in their 5th year, recognises groups and individuals who care for the most vulnerable in society with dignity and compassion. The awards are organised by Staffordshire County Council.

Sporting Achievements at Bladon House School Sports Day 2019

Bladon House School students enjoyed the fantastic weather at their sports day, held at Shobnall Leisure Complex on 5th July.

All classes attended either for a morning or an afternoon session and activities were planned to be inclusive for everyone, even staff! There were relay races, egg and spoon races, throwing and jumping activities and football dribbling skills.


Outstanding Experiences and Progress for Children at Bladon House School Say Ofsted.

The residential home for Bladon House School in Newton Solney have received an ‘Outstanding’ grade from Ofsted in their inspection, which took place at the beginning of June. The school provides day and residential placements for children aged 5 to 19 years with a range of complex needs, including: a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, speech, language and communication needs; moderate or severe learning difficulties, mental health issues and associated challenging behaviours. The school also has expertise in helping with children and young people with Prader Willi Syndrome manage their condition.

Inspectors praised the home for the significant progress children make to achieve their potential through the rich and varied experiences offered to them. This includes making a music album, writing a cookbook and visiting Disneyland. A parent told the inspectors “I consider myself to have very high standards and want the absolute best that is on offer for my daughter. This home meets my expectations”.

Young people are also making fantastic progress in learning life skills by being encouraged and supported to challenge themselves by staff who the inspectors said “have a commendable understanding of current and changing risked posed to and from the children”. This support of young people to take age appropriate risks develops their self-esteem, confidence and resilience.

The homes commitment to ensuring that parents are involved in their children’s lives was also praised by the inspectors, as well as the warm and nurturing relationships staff had with children, which provided reassurance to parents. One parent told inspectors “As a parent I am sad that she is not able to live with me and that I cannot keep her safe, but the staff in the home do this for me, so I have total peace of mind”

The school received a ‘good ‘grading from Ofsted in their education inspection in March 2019.

To read the Home Inspection report in full:

Rowden Students Win Town Scarecrow Competition

Huge congratulations to young people and staff of  Rowden House School on winning this years Scarecrow competition. A special well done to Alina (Costumes) Linda (Scarecrow) and to the Rowden entourage who had a great evening parading through Bromyard town – you all so deserve this win.

Wellbeing Award for Bladon House School

Well Done Bladon!
The emotional well-being and mental health of students and staff is a primary focus at Bladon House School and this has been officially recognised by the schools’ successful accreditation for the ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’ from Optimus Education. The school had a final verification visit for the award on the 22nd May 2019.

The process to achieve the award was very rigorous, the school worked to produce a detailed portfolio of evidence to meet eight main objectives and evidence 48 individual key performance indicators. Evidence surrounded pupil voice, staff stress management and appraisal processes, staff training, reducing the stigma around mental health, communication with parents, working with external agencies and interventions put in place for students.

Initiatives to support staff whilst they are at work include termly spa treatments, discounted cinema tickets, yoga sessions onsite, clinical supervisions as well as a staff voice forum which takes place once every half-term.

Students enjoy art, music and drama therapy. As well as the new recent introduction of therapy dogs onsite, which the students have loved.

For parents the school have introduced a parent forum which takes place once a term. These meetings not only give the school another way to communicate with parents, it also allows parents to build a support network with each other.

Of course this is an ongoing process and the school will continue to work hard to maintain the award and the great ethos they have created around emotional well-being and mental health.