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The Green Room School

The Green Room Foundation runs schools in Windsor, Berkshire (GRW) and Kingsley, Hampshire (GRK) for young people who can no longer access mainstream education. Using a combination of therapeutic, academic, creative and physical education, we aim to significantly change the lives of our pupils and their families, to start a path to a better life. Pupils are given the opportunity to rise above the negative experiences they’ve endured. We instill a willingness to learn and an opportunity to change. We reignite a passion for learning, raise attendance and academic levels. Most importantly we build in them a confidence to go on and lead brilliant lives and be brilliant people.  

We also run a 6th Form that is designed to help pupils continue on their path to adulthood. Many of the pupils have already attended The Green Room School, and this extra time helps to prepare them for post 16 education or work. 

Pupils who have graduated from GR6 can progress to The Graduate Scheme. The aim of the scheme is to assist pupils bridge the gap between leaving school and the world of work with a bespoke programme of preparation and experience. Both GR6 and Graduate Scheme pupils are based at The Swan Pub in Windsor.  The Swan provides a unique setting for pupils to continue their education, gain useful skills and become part of their community. The environment will be safe and nurturing but also provide opportunities for challenge and change.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jane Nicholls
Contact Position
School Business Director
Telephone
01753 866711
E-mail
admissions@thegreenroomschool.com
Website
www.thegreenroomschool.com
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRoomSchoolKingsley/
Twitter
https://twitter.com/GreenRoomSchool

Where to go

Name
The Green Room Foundation
Address
1 Old Park Farm
Forge Road
Kingsley
Bordon
Hampshire
Postcode
GU35 9LU
Notes

The Green Room Windsor (GRW) is an Independent Day School for 21 boys/girls aged 12-16 years - 4A Albert Street, Windsor, SL4 5BU

Our 6th form (GR6) provision is for 14 boys/girls aged 16-18, our Graduate Programme is for boys/girls aged 19-25 - The Swan, Clewer, 9 Mill Lane, Windsor, SL4 5JG

The Green Room Kingsley (GRK) is an Independent Day School for 20 boys/girls aged 11-18 - 1 Old Park Farm, Forge Road, Kingsley, Borden GU35 9LU

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 9.30am until 2.45pm

Other Details

Costs

Details
Please contact the school for costs

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details
  1. After an initial enquiry is made, we request relevant papers and Education Health Care plans from the relevant local authority.

  2. Our admissions panel will then review the documents and information gathered from the initial enquiry to determine whether a good ‘fit’ is likely.

  3. We will then invite the potential pupil, parents/carers, social/case/family workers to meet the Head of School and Head of Therapeutic and have a tour of the school. During this meeting both parties can get a feel for whether the placement is likely to work. The focus of the meeting will be the young person’s needs, thoughts, ideas and aspirations.  Once this meeting has been completed everyone can take a little time to determine whether they think the placement could work.

    Please note, if the young person is unsuccessful at this stage an optional therapeutic report can be written to aid the young person in finding the right place for them.

  4. If all are in agreement we will suggest a trial day or a series of trial days so the young person can experience school and we can get a better feel for their needs.

  5. If this goes well we go back to the relevant council and agree to the placement and they will then (usually) put the proposal to their panel for a decision on the funding.

  6. Following council approval a place at The Green Room will either be offered (or declined) based on the suitability of the young person.

  7. We will then arrange a start date for the young person.

    Please note, at this point that some young people need a step by step plan to help them assimilate to school life and we create this plan based on the pupils needs. It is adjusted as time goes on because some young people assimilate more quickly or more slowly than they originally thought.

    It is also worth noting that some young people need to take a step back and restart their learning from an earlier year group to the one they would normally be placed in. We work collaboratively with everyone involved to find the right place for that young person. Examples of this are where a young person has missed so much school in Year 10, they need to go back to the beginning of year 10 to ensure they cover the 2 year GCSE courses in order to give them a fair chance at their GCSE’s. Another example might be where a pupil is so anxious that the goal is to get them into school regularly and then assess their learning gaps and find the best place in the school for them at that point.

  8. Once a start date has been determined the parents/carers will need to arrange transport with the relevant council.  This can take 10 days with some councils.

  9. We will request a completed referral form from the council, CTF and pupil files from the young person’s previous school, and we will require parents/carers and young people to complete registration forms, create an account on our School Management System, Arbor,  and provide consent for activities/trips/medication/etc.

  10. Meanwhile we will be working on a bespoke personalised integration plan for the young person to ensure their start with The Green Room is as successful as possible. This will include baseline academic testing, an assessment for our vocational studies and an introduction to our Level Best self actualisation programme.

  11. On arrival for their first day, each new Green Room Pupil will receive their necessary resources.

    We will monitor the progress of new pupils and if the placement is not suiting them or we cannot keep them safe we will work with the young person/family/council to move them to a more suitable placement.

Other notes

The Green Room caters for school refusers and pupils with Special Educational Needs.  Our pupils tend to struggle with mental health issues, principally anxiety and benefit from psychotherapy, role modelling and, of course, education. We use the EHCP as a springboard to explore the right techniques, qualifications and therapy for that pupil. This is completely individual and we are open to explore whatever option best suits them, whether this be for specific learning difficulties or emotional and behavioural support.

Local Offer

Local Offer
Description

The Green Room Foundation runs schools in Windsor, Berkshire (GRW) and Kingsley, Hampshire (GRK) for young people who can no longer access mainstream education. Using a combination of therapeutic, academic, creative and physical education, we aim to significantly change the lives of our pupils and their families, to start a path to a better life. Pupils are given the opportunity to rise above the negative experiences they’ve endured. We instill a willingness to learn and an opportunity to change. We reignite a passion for learning, raise attendance and academic levels. Most importantly we build in them a confidence to go on and lead brilliant lives and be brilliant people.  

We also run a 6th Form that is designed to help pupils continue on their path to adulthood. Many of the pupils have already attended The Green Room School, and this extra time helps to prepare them for post 16 education or work. 

Pupils who have graduated from GR6 can progress to The Graduate Scheme. The aim of the scheme is to assist pupils bridge the gap between leaving school and the world of work with a bespoke programme of preparation and experience. Both GR6 and Graduate Scheme pupils are based at The Swan Pub in Windsor.  The Swan provides a unique setting for pupils to continue their education, gain useful skills and become part of their community. The environment will be safe and nurturing but also provide opportunities for challenge and change.

Contact Name
Jane Nicholls
Contact Telephone
01753866711
Contact Email
admissions@thegreenroomschool.com
Links
www.thegreenroomschool.com
How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

With a prospective new pupil, any previous academic, attendance and SEN information is gathered during the referral process. Baseline testing is then done here in numeracy/literacy/behaviour and specific learning difficulties at The Green Room, followed by routine assessments. 

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

We have a teacher pupil ratio of 1:8 maximum, plus an LSA is present in all lessons so and adult to pupil ratio of 1:4 is in place for the majority of the time a pupil is at school. All lessons are differentiated. Progress is reviewed regularly and issues with learning raised at the Weekly Meeting. Teachers plan their lessons based on the individuals in their class – they know their abilities extremely well due to the staff:pupil ratio and review progress often. All three provisions were inspected by OFSTED in October 2018 and were judged to be “Outstanding” in all areas.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Our staff guide pupils to rediscover what makes them curious, hungry to learn and improve their skills, providing them with the support and help they need to maximise their learning experience. 

Our classes are small, allowing us to give pupils the support they need, whilst closely monitoring their progress and delivering feedback and motivation. We challenge our pupils appropriately, and actively boost their confidence to better equip them to succeed, both in the classroom and out of it. Alongside the teacher is a Learning Support Assistant so all pupils have someone always available to help them. Outside the classroom we can provide one-to-one sessions in core literacy and numeracy skills, creative therapy, speech and language therapy, counselling and careers advice.

Pupils will be supported not just academically to bridge gaps in their knowledge but also emotionally, enabling then to make positive life choices and interact socially with staff, their peers and build relationships in the future. The Green Room is a place where the academic and therapeutic approach are inextricably linked. In Kingsley, the school is situated on a farm, pupils will take on the responsibility of working alongside and caring for a range of animals which in itself will have enormous therapeutic rewards.

At The Green Room, pupils are offered the opportunity to start again, to start a new journey. Expectations are clear and simple to assist pupils in making the right choices and move forward in their education.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

The Green Room monitors and records attendance, engagement, academic achievement, attitude to learning, therapeutic progress, health, exercise, sleep, self awareness and social behaviour of every single pupil. Our aim is to provide a safe, consistent environment for our pupils, to make short term changes and enable them to go out into the world as kind, empathetic and brilliant people. We have a parents evening once a year and each pupil also has an annual review This is a chance for parents, carers, relevant support agencies and staff to review the pupil’s progress  and set pupil targets for the future.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

Everyday begins with a circle time in a supportive atmosphere.  All pupils have a staff mentor. They are assessed as to what support they need and will have therapeutic sessions if deemed appropriate.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

1 - Psychotherapist

2-  Specialist Dyslexia training

3- Qualified SENCO

Pupils set their own targets through our Level Best system that helps pupils change their own lives for the better.  By taking ownership of what holds them back, we work together with the pupils to track their therapeutic progress. Parents receive a full written report every Spring Term and have access to the pupils' academic levels at any time. Annual Reviews are carried out.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

All staff are regularly trained in various aspects of the skills required to support our young people including ASD, ADHD, safeguarding, mental health issues etc. 

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Inclusion in all activities is available for all pupils whether they are in the classroom, outside the classroom or on school trips.

 

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Please see the school SEN and Accessibility Policy: https://8e2bd8bd-dde9-457d-8a82-dabe08d44a73.filesusr.com/ugd/257790_8da21d61d03241eb822be602db659459.pdf

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

The destinations of all our learners are of paramount importance and we will ensure Green Room pupils will have a meaningful plan in place for where they would like to go next. This includes work experience, apprenticeships, supported internships, employment and further education. Our careers advice is impartial and has the best interests of our pupils at heart. We have a dedicated SENCO who will aid in the transition of all pupils to the completion of their next destination. We maintain strong links with our alumni who can always rely on our support as well as providing inspiration  for our current pupils This transition will take some pupils longer than others so in order to do this our graduate scheme is available for pupils up to the age of 25.

By the end of their journey at The Green Room, pupils are well equipped with industry knowlegde, a CV and covering letter, work experience, interview techniques, how to present themselves and confident to enter the world of work.

Through visits and open days at local colleges, our pupils have the freedom to explore various avenues for life after The Green Room. Working closely with alternate providers we can arrange and develop transitional support into the next stage of our pupils lives.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

We allocate resources based on the needs of the pupils.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

We review each pupils progress and decide on the basis of experience and data what strategies and scaffolding should be put in place. 

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

Prospective parents meet with us at the outset. Needs are discussed and fed into the pupils plan. Parents fill in a strengths and difficulties questionnaire. Parents are actively involved in compiling a mental and emotional health assessment from which pervasive special needs are identified and linked to the academic plan. Phone/text communication with parents/carers to pre-empt potential problems at home or school. School creative therapist available to work with parents in isolation and with the pupil. EHC plans are used to support our own Individual Education, Therapeutic and life /careers plans. Annual Reviews External agencies and professionals come to the Green Room for sessions and meetings (eg. TAC/TAF/Social care/ CAMHS)

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