Although the school has a long history of working with young people who have Social Emotional and Mental Health needs, we rely on a number of other sources to quality assure our provision, to make sure we are providing the best possible learning opportunities to young people and helps us plan for the future.

Formal monitoring of each young person’s social and academic progress is an ongoing part of our work to ensure that we quickly identify where extra support is required.

Every young person is encouraged to speak to whomever they feel comfortable talking to whether that is their link worker, tutor, a school counsellor or therapist, or in fact any adults employed by the school.

The School Forum meets at least once every half term to discuss any ideas, issues or concerns and look at ways to help the school move forward. The Forum has a representative from each House group, a school counsellor, the catering manager and a range of managers from across the school.

Young people have their views sought formally in a yearly school questionnaire and also for their annual review of their EHC Plan. Parents and carers also complete a questionnaire once a year, but we encourage people to provide feedback to us at any point they might wish to.

We have an experienced NMS Standard 20 Independent Visitor who visits every half term. The visitor looks at all aspects of the school, and talks to young people, parents and carers. She then reports their findings to the Governors and the Principal so that we can continue to improve our service.

It’s vital that our team is equipped to give young people the best education and care. We therefore ensure that there is a wide range of relevant training available, which is provided by managers and experts outside of the school which is regularly reviewed.