13 December 2017
The Short Stay School for Norfolk (SSSfN) will be featured on the ITV local news bulletin today. There is also an interview with Des Reynold, CEO of (The Engage Trust) and footage of pupils at Douglas Bader School.
9 October 2017
Two of our Compass pupils have had their stories entered into Crazy Creatures, a book of stories about weird and amazing monsters!
One of our mums said that, eighteen months ago, her son could not even write his name and now he’s written a whole story and being published!
Just goes to show what can be done with love and support!
One of our Douglas Bader pupils asked for help to reach university! Let’s help him achieve his ambitions!
News from Compass Belton!
Our school raised £93.60 for Macmillan Cancer at the coffee morning (£13.50 more than last year – thank you!) and we hope to reach over £100 next year! 🙂
Also, we have had the campaigns and the votes and now we have an all-new school council! Thank you for the hard work of everyone involved!
3 October 2017
There have been some fantastic fundraising events for MacMillan across the bases last week including a staff bake off at Belton and a VIP event in the Vocational Learning Hub.
We held a Macmillan Coffee morning hosted in Rosebery Primary. Michelle Cathy Sally and Julie Rogers organised the event. Lots of donations for raffle prizes , Primary pupils baked and counted all the money. We raised £100. Massive thank you to all involved whether it was donating, organising or just eating!!
This morning (Friday) -Sharon Drake – Assistant Compass Lead- won the Belton Bake Off with her chocolate and cherry bread as part of the Learning Café with the parent/carers in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Charity.
Brooklands held an extremely successful Roald Dahl coffee morning – the children’s costumes were simply stunning!
Last Friday, the Pinetree School in Thetford raised £151.40 for Macmillan Cancer Trust. We will shortly be posting photographs to the school website:
29 September 2017
At the end of August, the Engage Trust welcomed the newest members of our family – Lodestar School.
Lodestar represents our commitment to providing quality education for those children caught outside of the mainstream. Our team currently operates from a temporary base in Carrowbreck House, while the new base in Hooper Lane, Norwich is being prepared. Once the new base is ready, our team will transfer to the new site, which is planned to happen in the new year.
Lodestar’s curriculum is based upon observations of the best practices across other schools and will run in short, engaging lessons, across all ages and in small groups. This will give every child at the school the best chance for later in life!
The website is up and running at www.lodestarschool.org.uk, where the visitor will be able to read about us, how to get involved, how we teach or simply catch up with the school news.
Furthermore, the calendar is automatically updated, so that parents or pupils can know when events etc are taking place.
18 September 2017
The Engage Trust’s Pinetree School in Thetford pulled out of special measures and told it is improving by Ofsted – but more work needed.
3 September 2017C
Celebrations at The Short Stay School for Norfolk (SSSfN) which educates Norfolk’s excluded children after great set of GCSE results.
26 July 2017
Hope you all enjoyed the documentary last night about the Rosebery School, which is part of the Short Stay School for Norfolk. If you missed it, ‘Excluded at Seven’ is now available on catch up.
19 July 2017
Our School is going to be on the TV!
Channel 4 are putting on a documentary about the Short Stay School for Norfolk; Excluded at Seven.
You can find the trailer here:
Please watch it and see how much our kids benefit from this very different school!
11 July 2017
Today, the Douglas Bader School had a talk and discussion session with the Police from Stalham police station. The subject was British Values and an interesting discussion was had upon the subjects of racial language and criminal offences as well as the dangers and impact of carrying knives and knife crime in general.
Our pupils very much enjoyed the visit and there was a lot of discussion about the subject!
News from the Earthsea School
The school had a lovely visit from Tesco, who not only repainted the fence panels in the school garden (making the garden brighter!) but also held some “farm to fork” sessions with our pupils to show how the food on our plates comes to be!
Tesco will be giving several classes on food up until Christmas and in the first class, our pupils enjoyed themselves making fruit faces!
All this was thanks to the hard work of our Lynsay Barrett whose organising brought Tesco to the Earthsea school. She’s also won a competition for Earthsea to have Perfect Partytime come to the school to put on some entertainment!
4 July 2017
We have the following items to celebrate!
- In May, our Year 6’s at Earthsea School had a lovely trip to Bewilderwood to celebrate all their hard work in preparation for their SATS!
- Our pupils at Brooklands School took part in Den Day to raise for Save the Children!
The day was a great success, everyone having fun and raising £55 into the bargain!
Our kids looked at all different kinds of houses across the world and made some fantastic indoor and outdoor dens!
- In June, ten of our students from the Compass schools in Belton, Lingwood and Pott Row went on a residential trip to the Lake District!
Activities included weaselling, rock climbing, a hike up Mam Tor and white water rafting. In the evenings the children had the chance to build friendships with students from other bases whilst playing wide games at Stanton Moor. Other activities included a group water fight and toasting marshmallows around the campfire.
The trip was a success for all and it was lovely to see the children come out of their shells and their personalities shine. It was a pleasure to see everyone involved in each activity, especially since some were doing them for the first time. A huge thanks to all the staff involved!
An out of county troubled child joined Earthsea House and School just over 2.5 years ago. Previous to this he had not attended school for over a year . After a year at Earthsea School he was able to reintegrate into an independent school successfully (winning many sporting achievements) on Monday he left Earthsea House reunited with his mother and to return to his local area and attend the local high school …a case study of success!
The quality of the ‘In house’ Steps training delivered by Sam Jackson and James Moss.
Thank you to Lynsay Barrett for organising Tesco to come and paint the fence panels in the Earthsea School garden area to make it a brighter. Lynsay also arranged for Tesco to go into Earthsea School and do some farm to fork session with all classes the first session was making fruit faces and they have also booked to come in for several session up to Christmas. Lynsay also won a competition for Earthsea to have perfect partytime come in the school to put on some entertainment!!
A big thank you to Shannon Coombes for creating an Educational/Safety consequence folder as part of her performance management. Shannon has agreed to share her resources across the bases. This piece of work has such a positive impact on trying to change pupils behaviour. Well done Shannon.
The Brooklands pupils took part in Den Day raising money for Save the children. The day was a great success and £55 was raised for the charity. The students looked at the types of houses and shelters children live in across the world in PSHE and designed and made some fantastic indoor and outdoor dens and shelters.
Last week 10 students from Compass Belton, Lingwood and Pot Row went on a residential to the Peak District. Activities included weaselling, rock climbing, a hike up Mam Tor and white water rafting. In the evenings the children had the chance to build friendships with students from other bases whilst playing wide games at Stanton Moor. Other activities included a group water fight and toasting marshmallows around the campfire. The trip was a success for all and it was lovely to see the children come out of their shells and their personalities shine. It was a pleasure to see everyone involved in each activity, especially since some were doing them for the first time. A huge thanks to all the staff involved!
The year six’s had a trip to be-wilderwood to celebrate all the hard work they had put in for their SATS exam which was a lovely day.
The Y6 at Douglas Bader had a lovely trip to Bewilderwood to celebrate all the hard work they had put in for their SATS exam.
Before Easter the children at Lingwood organised two fundraising days inviting parents and carers in to school to raise money for charity. The children designed fun stalls for everyone to enjoy. Through the two fundraising days the children raised £94.07. The School Council have chosen to split the money between ‘The Wings Appeal’ and ‘Great Ormond Streat Hospital.’ A big thank you to the children and staff at Lingwood for their hard work organising this.
Brooklands have been busy this week. The pupils had been interested in helping the local animal sanctuary. Last week Hallswood came in to visit and talked to the pupils. They donated a collection of food and bedding. Friday they had an Easter Coffee morning and raised £115 pounds to donate towards their charity. It was reported how well behaved the pupils were and the number of parents who took part in this event. Brooklands also had a Pyjama day and cake sale last Friday to raise money for Comic Relief. A fantastic time was had by all and they were able to raise £116. Also following the SSSfN story writing competition a Brooklands student won the primary age category.