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Mental Health Support

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Children’s Mental Health and Kedleston

The mental health and well-being of all the children we support is vital and is a key component in allowing them to achieve their full potential.

As a group, Kedleston operate residential schools, day schools and children’s homes for young people who require additional support and for whom mainstream settings haven’t met their needs. Each of our schools and homes recognises the importance of and therefore offers different mental health support for young people in their care.

In this, Children’s Mental Health Week, there has been much discussion about what can be done to support young people’s mental health. At Kedleston, as a very basic, we recognise the value of good mental health and the potential impact it can have for a young person.

Our residential schools, for example, offer in-house therapeutic support on site. Educational psychologists work with staff and young people while support such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and psychiatry as also available. We also work with local CAMHS teams.

Wings School Notts, for example, approaches the combination of education and care flexibly to meet the needs of individual young people. It aims to look beyond what is “wrong” with a young person, instead focusing on what a young person may have experienced and how that may be contributing to their difficulties.

The goal of the school is to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, enabling them to achieve in education, enjoy social activities, have positive relationships and feel empowered and supported to take care of themselves physically and emotionally as they make the transition towards independent living.

It has developed a multi-disciplinary service featuring professionals with a range of clinical backgrounds and experiences that will help us to provide a bespoke care package and meet the complex needs to this group of young people.

The types of issues the team can work with include trauma, abuse, attachment difficulties, self-harm, aggressive behaviour, child sexual exploitation and sexually harmful behaviour.

At High Peak School Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is in practice. A team of staff from the school attended an extensive training course in the therapy which helps them support the young people in their care in their mental health. The course also helped them become one of the first in the UK to embed the therapy on a whole school basis.

The team of 11 who attended the training learned DBT skills which have been demonstrated to be effective in helping adolescents manage difficult emotional situations, cope with stress, and make better decisions.
High Peak was one of the first English schools to adopt a whole school approach to embedding the programme into the curriculum, training staff to teach skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

However, it is not just our residential schools who support mental health in this way. Day school pupils and those living in Kedleston’s children’s homes also have access to appropriate therapeutic support including educational psychology, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.

As an organisation we believe that good mental health helps young people engage with education and achieve and that giving them access to the right clinical and therapeutic support is part of ensuring their education helps them succeed.

Life in the fast lane


There was a chance to live life in the fast lane for some High Peak students recently. 

Five students who had achieved the most points for the term had the opportunity to attend a track day where they climbed behind the wheel of and drove top of the range MX5 cars.

Competition for points was fierce throughout the term and all pupils had worked hard. 

The first laps started out slowly while confidence was built up and by the second lap there was more acceleration! We may even have identified one young person who may have a promising career in the industry! 

As the day went on, the young people were feeling confident enough to give a thumbs up or a wave to their fellow students and every second was enjoyed. 

By the final lap there were huge smiles all round. Everyone was really supportive of each other and there was fun had by all. 

The pupils described the day as "awesome" and one said: "The best day ever!”  As well as driving the MX5 the students alsdo saw cars that had featured in the Fast and Furious movies as well as Gone in 60 Seconds.

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Scuba Diving


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Pupils from High Peak have taken the "plunge" and tried scuba diving.

The two students used the school's very own pool to try this new activity and were extremely interested in the equipment used and how long they could stay underwater. 

The session went fantastically well and both young people were proud of what they had learnt and achieved in the lesson.

A visit to the Science and Industry Museum


A group of pupils from High Peak recently enjoyed a visit to the Science and Industry Museum.MOSI 8

The group were there to see the museum’s Space displays including aircrafts as this is the group’s topic this half term. The students really enjoyed the Red Arrows simulator and said they felt like they were really a Red Arrows pilot!

Then it was on to Fly 360, which is the cock pit of an aircraft which they flew themselves…… and only crashed a few times!MOSI 21

Finally one student, R, tried a Virtual Reality simulation of Tim Peake’s decent from space and really enjoyed the experience. 

After all of those experiences, the group then visited the rest of the museum where they interacted with robot and undertook a challenge of Human Vs Robots – and the Humans won! The pupils also got onto the MOSI leader board of fastest reactions, beating several other schools to the honour.

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Praised for their fundraising and volunteering efforts.

PUPILS at a Midlands specialist school have been praised for their fundraising and volunteering efforts.Mission Christmas 002

The young people, from Arc School Old Arley, took part in Mission Christmas which was run by Free Radio in Coventry.

As part of their efforts they held a cake sale where they took on baking and selling their goods to raise cash. They also held a Christmas Jumper Day at school. In total they raised more than £80 and this was immediately put into a pot to buy a range of presents for children in the local area and donated to Mission for Christmas.

However, their efforts didn’t end there. Before Christmas they volunteered at a local distribution centre where their donations, and all the gifts which had been donated from around the area, were being stored and distributed.

They spent the day taking deliveries of gifts as well as sorting the presents. They also packed and distributed the donations. In total the children shipped over 1,000 gifts.

Sarah Keogh, Key Worker and Careers Support at Arc School Old Arley, said: “The children prepared everything themselves – they worked out what they would need for the cake sale, what we would need to buy and what profit they made.

“They worked really hard on the volunteering day. It was a really busy environment, which could have proved challenging for some of the children but they did brilliantly. On the way to the volunteering day the radio station broadcast a thank you message which was wonderful and really lifted everyone’s spirits.

“We are extremely proud of them and we hope to do this again next year. It was a great opportunity for the children to understand what others in the area do and don’t have. The children very much enjoyed taking part and it was a fantastic experience for them all.”