Residential Care

Awarded 'Outstanding' in Dawn House's Ofsted Care Inspection, Residential Care at Dawn House School, aims to ensure the emotional and physical well-being of our pupils.  The work of the care staff supports the work of the day school staff into the extended curriculum.  About 20% of our pupils are boarders, and are resident on a weekly basis.  The school can provide opportunities for non-residential young people to benefit from extended days and overnight stays (funding permitting).

Within the schools Residential Care, pupils live in houses, or areas depending on their age. Arranged around a central courtyard are 3 discrete areas: Chatsworth accommodating girls, Rufford accommodating pre 16 boys and Newstead Housing the FE boys.  We aim to build on the pupils' strengths and help them to develop age appropriate personal, social and self care skills and leisure interests.

Each pupil has a keyworker who has oversight of their development in the care setting.  The keyworker is responsible for compiling the pupils' care plan which complements their individual education plan.  The keyworker works with the pupil and his or her family, teachers and therapist to ensure that their time at Dawn House School is a positive, successful experience.

Pupils are encouraged to maintain contact with their families whilst at school.  Parents and carers are welcome to telephone the school to speak to members of staff.  Telephone calls and letters to the pupils are very important.  Most young people have mobile phones with which to keep in touch.

It is important that the pupils feel at home in the care setting and we encourage families to provide quilt covers, towels, toiletries, and leisure wear.  Pictures, posters, toys, books and other things from home are welcome.

The care staff organise a range of activities out of school hours.  They make good use of the school's facilities.  Sport, swimming, craft and play activities take place at school.  We also make use of local leisure centres, swimming pools, libraries and shops.  We encourage pupils to join activities in the local community such as Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies, Boys and Girls Brigade, sports clubs and so on.  We visit many of the places of interest in the area.

The pupils are encouraged to develop their own interests and are supported in this as far as possible.  We aim to help the pupils to make the best possible use of their leisure time and we encourage them to do their homework.

Pupils who come from families who follow different religions are enabled to attend their services wherever possible.
In the care houses there is a clear routine to each day.  The pupils get up at 7.30am on weekdays.  Bedtimes vary according to the age of the pupils.

Breakfast and supper are eaten in the houses; lunch and tea are eaten in the school dining room.  Meals are cooked on the premises and the menus are drawn up with the advice of a dietician from the local health trust.  There is a choice of food and special diets required for health or religious reasons are provided.  The school has been awarded Healthy School status.

Residential Care Policy

Read our latest Ofsted Care Inspection report here.