Residential Life

Welcome to Bradbury House and residential life! Rated outstanding by Ofsted 2018

Bradbury House has a home from home feel and parents say the staff are like’ family’! They ‘trust the staff’ to take care of their child’s emotional and social wellbeing by giving fun relevant activities and experiences.  Bradbury has been designed and refurbished to provide bright homely and practical accommodation for children with a visual impairment, sensory needs and additional needs or disabilities.

All of the children and young people at the school aged 2-19 years can stay overnight on respite at our purpose built 10 bedroom house 1-2-3 or 4 nights a week. Each child’s care package is unique to them.

The bedrooms are bright and spacious and most have en-suite bathrooms and overhead tracking.  The children are encouraged to personalise their own individual bedrooms with pictures, posters, toys and favourite bed covers and curtains. We encourage them to stamp their individual personalities in their own spaces! Lots of our parents and visitors say they are’ better than their own children’s bedrooms’!

All of the rooms have TVs and music systems so that they can access favourite programmes, listen to the radio, CDs or stories at bedtime or during the evening if they just want to chill out in their rooms.

We also have up to date technology with our computers, iPads and internet access. The children love communicating with Alexa and asking ‘what’s the weather like today Alexa’? or requesting their favourite music tracks!

At the end of the school day there is a wide range of social activities within the school or local community that the children can get involved in and have fun according to their ages and preferences. We have regular sessions at LFC respect for all football training, bikes for the disabled, swimming in the warm school pool, visits to the theatre, the circus, even eating out in various restaurants, cafes or one of the children’s favourites, McDonalds!!

The children are cared for by very experienced and qualified residential support and waking night staff. They have all been at the school for a number of years and know the children extremely well. All are qualified NNEB, NVQ level 3-4 or both.

The children are all carefully transitioned in to respite and residential with care given to their emotional wellbeing. This is important for all children and especially so for early years. We work very closely with the staff and parents on transition to make it seamless and comfortable.

We work across school departments and are involved in the ‘all about me’ process. We link in with therapies and the multi-disciplinary team wrapped around the children.

Parents can telephone their child in the evenings or speak to staff if they wish to do so. The department is managed by our Head of Residential Care Linda Hogan who has been at the school for over 20 years and deputy Head of Care Amanda Boyle who has been here for over 14 years

Residential provision is regularly inspected by Ofsted, every 6-12 months and the latest report can be read here.

Care services
Linda Hogan oversees the care across the nursery, school and residential services. Linda leads safeguarding, care, risk assessments, relevant CIN/LAC meetings, after school, holiday club, as well as her residential team in Bradbury house. If you wish to discuss any of these services please contact Linda using the detail below:

Linda Hogan. Head of Care. Governor
tel= 0151 733 1012
Email: linda.hogan@rsblind.co.uk

After school clubs
Mondays and Thursdays are a little noisier than usual once the 4 o’clock school bell rings! From 4pm until 7pm some of our pupils enjoy the after school club “Little Rascals.” A variety of activities are offered in school accommodation, e.g. gardening club, bowling, arts & craft, music, rebound therapy. The sessions are run by very experienced school staff who know the children well.

Holiday club
This is held twice a year during the holidays when we come back for more fun! Our Head of Care runs a holiday club at the end of summer and spring terms. Our experienced residential/School/night staff/apprentices are all included in staffing the club. As in the after School club we offer may different activities, .g. Gardening club, bowling, arts & craft, music, rebound therapy, swimming, cookery we even have a whole fun filled day out, so far we have visited Acorn farm, Chester Zoo and New Brighton!