All the buildings in the school are named after apples, of course - being in a school called Orchard Manor, and our residential houses are no exception.
In every house, each resident has their own bedroom which they can personalise, full use of the communal spaces to relax in after school - much like our sitting rooms at home, and a communal kitchen where evening meals and breakfasts are prepared, often with the help of the students themselves. It really is a home from home, and we pride ourselves on the comforting feeling of each house.
All of our houses have a team leader, as well as a team of experienced residential child care officers, who work a shift rota to cover a 24 hour period, including waking night cover.
All of the residents have an opportunity to participate in the full range of after school activities that are offered.
We are self-sufficient in our catering needs and therefore have to plan meals and take trips to the supermarket. We encourage our young people to make healthy dietary choices, source products and then take part in the preparation. Some relish these choices more than others… but, have come to realise that action provides sustenance whatever its culinary artistic presentation!
Gala House is currently a boys house at the moment with 7 bedrooms occupied by students ranging from 11 to 16. Often they are joined by other children who stay until 6pm. Everyone will have joined in after school activities and the ones going home will do so after tea.
At the front of Gala is a big lounge where the boys have snack, watch television and DVD’s whilst the dining room where boys have their breakfast, dinner and tea is at the rear. Gala also has a playroom with a desk for arts and crafts and an electric organ.
The Jubilee is a purpose built residence which accommodates up to six young people term time only.
The spacious accommodation comprises a lounge, dining room, sensory room, playroom, music room, laundry, kitchen and office. On the first floor are six large bedrooms with built-in furniture, staff sleeping-in room, shower room and bathroom.
This residence was opened in April 2011 and is fully equipped for disabled young people.
Spartan accommodates some of our boys pupils with up to nine residential places as well as places for day pupils who stay until 6.00 pm.
Spartan has recently undergone a complete redevelopment resulting in extremely high standards of accommodation with all facilities being brand new and up to date. Spartan has three separate games rooms which have a variety of activities and games including Playstations, XBoxes, SingStar, Lego, Scalextric sets and a number of board games and other toys, which are age appropriate and appeal to the youngest and oldest boys. We also have a quiet/chill out area and a place where the boys can make arts and crafts.
Spartan has a large lounge/living area where the boys watch television and DVD’s whilst the dining room is where the boys have their breakfast and tea.
Gladstone is a weekly boarding house and currently has the younger group of residents. Our home is a detached bungalow with plenty of outside play areas including, and adventure play area, the trampoline and a basket swing.
We enjoy plenty of activities on site such as arts and crafts, swimming, relaxing indoors or playing outside in our garden. We also have a large indoor playroom with computers and computer games and a Nintendo Wii. We love going out into the community too and we often go for a meal out, shopping, bowling, visit play parks, go on local walks and visit places of interest, including the zoo, Living Coasts, Clip and Climb. We also have a trip to the pantomime at Christmas.