Wings School Notts is a therapeutic SEMH residential school registered with the Department of Education and a children’s home registered with Ofsted. The school offers specialist co-ed residential placements for children and young people aged nine to 17 years, 38 week and 52 week placements including a day school provision for those who live locally. The school and the children’s home both support children and young people who require additional support to meet their needs.
The school promotes 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.
Wings Notts Day School
The day school forms part of the residential school which and provides education for boys and girls aged nine to 17 years. Pupils who come to the day school may have social and emotional problems, are challenged by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and dyspraxia or other specific learning difficulties. The day school at Wings Notts is registered with Ofsted to take up to 15 pupils.
“Young people’s attendance and engagement in formal education is excellent and exceeds national averages. Staff work very closely and proactively with the school, in order to ensure consistency of care and support to young people. Young people who have completed their formal education move on to further education or training in the local area. Staff fully support them to make a positive transition from school and place a high value on education as a staff team.” Ofsted Outstanding Care Report 2017
The school is an historic building set in extensive grounds within a small Nottinghamshire village. Both the grounds and the school buildings lend themselves to both on and off-site learning. Facilities include:
- Traditional learning spaces (max 8 pupils per class)
- Smaller nurture learning spaces (for one to one & small group work)
- Full sized sports hall
- Extensive grounds and playing fields
The team is psychology-led and also includes Occupational Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Speech and Language Therapy. The team is trained to deliver trauma therapies EMDR and (trauma focused) CBT, attachment based therapies dyadic developmental psychotherapy and therapy and draw upon newer emerging approaches for this population such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.
We believe this approach helps young people reach their full potential in all aspects of life. Our ethos is not to look at what is “wrong” with a young person, but to look at what has happened in their lives which may be contributing to their difficulties.
The provision offers continuity of care, education and clinical support for young people who may have an emerging mental health problem and in previous times needed to access CAMHS and other mental health support services.
The school’s clinical model is embedded in the principles and values of the NICE guidelines for looked after children and young people. It was developed using the principles of the Attachment, Regulation and Competencies (ARC) framework (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010).
This ARC framework helps to identify key targets of intervention for young people who have been exposed to trauma and adverse experiences in their young lives. Working from a “bottom up” approach, we address four core areas. These core areas span through attachment needs and relationships, working with young people to develop positive and safe relationships, emotional regulation, working on skills and impulse control before moving to resolution of trauma. As well as working with young people individually, the MDT also work with staff to ensure practice and therapeutic approaches are embedded into every day engagement with the children, not just during therapy sessions. This holistic and wraparound approach provides the basic building blocks of support which can address the effects of early trauma for young people in our care.