Admission criteria

"The new dynamic and transformational leadership has led to the motto 'everyone is involved with learning', in very many areas of the school provision is 'joined up'." - Surrey County Council Monitoring Visit, February 2017
 

Who we support

We will consider children and young people for long-term placements or requiring an assessment placement who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following:
  • A brain injury or disorder that affects neurological function
  • Global delay or profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Severe learning difficulties
  • Sensory impairments (visual impairment, hearing impairment, multisensory impairment etc.)
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Complex health and medical needs
  • Tracheostomy
  • Assisted ventilation
  • Complex medication regimes
  • Epilepsy
We would expect a minimum of one year for those staying with us residentially. We also support those who required therapeutic intervention i.e. 

Occupational therapy

Fine motor difficulties requiring specialist intervention, programmes and equipment.

Physiotherapy

Gross motor difficulties requiring specialist intervention/programmes and/or equipment.

Speech and language

Communication and feeding difficulties requiring specialist intervention/programmes and equipment.
Odi a pupil at The Children's Trust School enjoying aquatherapy with a physiotherapist

Meet Odi

Name: Odi Age: 16
Favourite activity: Being with his family, listening to music and swimming Since Odi came to The Children's Trust School in 2015, he has quickly made the staff smile with his infectious "wicked sense of humour" and his huge grin. Odi has cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities which he has had from when he was a baby. It is important to him that he knows he carers well and feels happy and safe. This enables Odi to be confident, sociable and happy. When Odi arrived, much of his equipment needed to be reviewed and replaced. The therapists have liaised with his local commissioners and he now has a moulded wheelchair which allows him to be relaxed and comfortable with maximum support. A larger headrest allows Odi the freedom to improve his head control whilst feeling sage. Odi's new equipment has contributed to improving his health and quality of life. He is now looking forward to a holiday in Centre Parcs with carers and other young people from Willow House. Valerie, Odi's mother

Integrated interventions

The children and young people we support usually require integrated therapeutic intervention throughout their day from education, health, therapy and care including:
  • Occupational therapy
    Self care, access to learning and play and leisure difficulties requiring specialist intervention, programmes and equipment.
  • Physiotherapy
    Gross motor difficulties requiring specialist intervention/programmes and/or equipment.
  • Speech and language interventions
    Eating, drinking and swallowing, and communication difficulties requiring specialist intervention, programmes and equipment including dysphagia management, eye-gaze, augmentative communication aids and switches.
They usually also need additional intervention from:
  • Daily nursing and medical teams
  • Music therapy
  • Educational psychology
  • Health play specialists
  • One-to-one direct support

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