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 (Unity Education Trust) and footage of pupils at Douglas Bader School.

9 October 2017

Wonderful news!

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.

For example:

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

Unity Education 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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!