Overview

Wilsic Hall School is situated in its own 14-acre site approximately five miles south of Doncaster. Its central location provides easy access by road, rail or air. The school’s mission is to enhance the lives of the 32 people entrusted to its services by focusing on their specific needs, capabilities and aspirations.

Our aim is to support people to maximise their potential and achieve a progressively more independent quality of life. This is achieved through:

Child-centred focus
This encompasses education, care, communication, health, behaviour, recreational/vocational programmes, emotional well-being and citizenship. Young people are encouraged to participate in activities and empowered to make their own decisions, with support if required.

Individual Education Plans
Each young person has a carefully designed Individual Education Plan (IEP) based on their specific needs and aspirations in line with the National Curriculum.

Communication
Our specialist speech and language therapist work with each young person to help develop the best and most appropriate communication methods for them. Communication profiles are detailed and specific to enable staff to ensure everyone has adequate time to process information and make informed decisions.

Citizenship
By creating a safe, predictable and stimulating environment, we seek to give everyone the support they need to be as active members of their community as possible, with the aim of meaningful social inclusion.

Trust and relationships
Secure and familiar social networks are extremely important and these are developed and built upon from day one, creating trusting and valued relationships between not only the young person but, also, their immediate and extended family and friends and our staff team.

Professional services
A dedicated team including support workers, teachers, lecturers, clinical psychologist, assistant psychologists, behaviour therapist, occupational therapist, a consultant psychiatrist, a consultant paediatrician and speech and language therapists ensure that each young person has ready access to the services they require. Staff support young people through each day on a flexible and individual basis, with waking staff always on duty at night.

Wilsic overview image 2Care and education
Residential care and education is provided for up to 32 young people, all of whom have complex needs, behaviour that may challenge and a learning disability, often in association with autism. The school primarily operates on a 52-week residential basis with extended school terms. We are able to look at flexible packages to suit the needs of individual young people where other arrangements may be required, including respite and day placements.

High-quality accommodation and facilities
The school has a range of classrooms and flexible spaces to accommodate a wide variety of activities and create positive learning environments. There is also a range of onsite facilities to complement and enrich the lives of those who come to live and learn with us.

Our accommodation is based upon a residential model in small house groups. This enables young people to learn critical life skills and develop social relationships. Home life provides the opportunity for creativity, and young people are encouraged to personalise their own space and take part in house based activities. Every person has their own bedroom, the majority of which have en-suite bathrooms.

Extended learning
During evenings, weekends and school holidays, a wide range of extra-curricular activities are on offer. These include clubs and visits to ensure that young people are fully engaged with appropriately stimulating experiences during their waking hours. We have a full-time activity programme co-ordinator to devise, arrange, deliver and monitor the provision of activities both at school and in the local community.

Keeping in contact
Young people are supported and encouraged to keep in touch with their family and friends in the way that works best for them.

Safeguarding
Hesley Group offers a person-centred approach which aims to support the development of independence and create a safe environment to maximise potential. This culture includes our schools, which are strongly child-centred. The philosophy is one of warmth, security, consistency, understanding and trust. Our safeguarding arrangements sit in this context. A copy of our Safeguarding Policy is available here. A copy of our Safeguarding Procedures are available here.

Health and safety
We are committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all those who access, live or work in our services. Wilsic Hall School adheres to all procedures in place under the Hesley Group’s Health and Safety Policy.