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Wings Cumbria Meets Royalty

Prince Charles

Prince Charles had the honour of meeting some young people from Wings School, Cumbria while they were learning outside the classroom at the Westmorland County agricultural show in September 2017. In addition to the school having excellent academic, sporting and pastoral facilities there is an huge emphasis on learning outside the classroom which set the school apart from others. In addition to visits to county shows pupils can also enjoy moto-cross & mountain bike tracks, the on-site farm and access to equestrian facilities to name but a few.

High Peak Macmillan Coffee Morning!

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The staff and students at High Peak school, organised and prearranged a successful coffee morning. Of which, all money raised will go to Macmillan. Both, staff and students baked, and supplied delicious homemade cakes. In particular, two students from year 12 and year 11 helped to organise the event; decorated the dining room and helped to serve others. Doing this, has enabled the students to expand their work experience and to develop their knowledge towards their PSHE award.

On the run up to this event, staff ensured that all students are aware of what the Macmillan charity is, and how they help and guide others. With this knowledge, the students had the opportunity to enter a competition by decorating their own Macmillan coffee morning invitation (Pics attached).

Due to this, many students and staff were extremely generous, resulting in some of our students offering money out of their ‘be fair’ money.

The amount raised is yet to be calculated!

Macmillan coffee morning 2017

A warm welcome to Andy Cutts-McKay, Wings School Notts new Principal!


Andrew Cutts McKaySpecialist residential school Wings School Notts has appointed Andrew Cutts-McKay as its new Principal.

Wings School Notts offers residential and day placements for young people experiencing social, emotional or mental health difficulties. Andrew joined the school over the summer break and will oversee the teams delivering education and care to the pupils.

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Leaways School Autism Resource for Children (ARC) named as finalists in UK Autism Hero Awards 2017

Leaways School’s specialist autism spectrum condition provision, The ARC, has been named as a finalist for a prestigious award. Leaways School in London has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted.  

The ARC is a finalist in the 2017 UK Autism Hero Awards’ Outstanding Achievement in Education category and was chosen from hundreds of entries into the awards after having been nominated by the parent of a pupil.

ARC Team

The UK Autism Hero Awards were created by the Anna Kennedy Online Charity as an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the excellence taking place in the world of Autism. They are a unique opportunity to celebrate and showcase accomplishments as well as enhancing Autism awareness and acceptance.

The awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have proved excellence, dedication and commitments to impacting lives that have been making a real difference.

The team at ARC face a nervous wait to find out if they will be named as the winners in their category – the awards ceremony will be take place in London on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Good Luck ARC Team and well done!

Pictured are Mel Whitfield (centre) and her team at The ARC.

You can read more about the awards at the website

Happy Holidays

Happy holidaysOne young man at Wings Notts enjoyed his trip to Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum during the summer holidays. 

The trip took place at the open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England.

The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century. 

There was lots to see and do and C had a really great time.

Olsen House School celebrates its latest Ofsted rating


The school was recently visited by Ofsted and are delighted to have received an overall “Good” rating.ofsted no logo Good2

The report highlights many positives including the progress children make no matter their age, background or abilities. The inspectors noted: "Pupils make good progress across a range of subjects. Almost all pupils achieve their targets and most exceed them. All pupils continue into further education or training.” They found the curriculum to be “rich and interesting”.

The report noted that the focus on pupils’ personal development and welfare was outstanding. Children at the school said they feel safe in school, far less anxious than in other placements, and very well cared for. Some pupils indicate that they have never felt safe in school until coming here.

It also noted that parents said they are very satisfied with the school and speak with enthusiasm about how the staff nurture their children and support their learning. This is summed up by a typical comment that the school is ‘second to none’.

Teaching at the school is also praised within the report with inspectors noting: “Teaching and learning is consistently good in all subject areas and key stages.



DBT approach at High Peak School

In July 2017, a team of staff from High Peak School attended an extensive training course in a therapy which will help them support the young people in their care. The course will also help them become one of the first in the UK to embed the therapy on a whole school basis.

The course, on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), was delivered by two of the leading researchers in the field - Dr James Mazza and Dr Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza.

The team of 11 were taught about DBT skills which have been demonstrated to be effective in helping adolescents manage difficult emotional situations, cope with stress, and make better decisions. The three-day workshop presented an innovative social–emotional learning (SEL) curriculum designed to be taught in schools.

High Peak will be one of the first English schools to adopt a whole school approach to embed the programme into the curriculum. Training staff to teach skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

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Pictured are James and Elizabeth, Principal David Glaves, Dr Berit Ritchie, Dr Sahana Olety and Kat Humpreys (SENCo) from High Peak.