A specialist SEN school for secondary aged boys with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs

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I did receive your voicemail and was very pleased ! It’s so lovely to hear such positive feedback, XXXX has been rewarded for his good behaviour and thank you to you and all the staff for continuous support and efforts with him, he has come a long way from the boy I brought there at the beginning of Year 9! – Year 10 Parent

Regarding our parents ‘coffee and chat’ sessions…..
“I believe it’s important to have these meetings as it’s a good way to build relationships with the home link worker and other parents as well as being able to raise concerns or give positive information about our children. I have found these meetings to be positive and informative.” – Year 7 Parent

“Thank you so much for your contribution to our Christmas event at the Locks heath Centre.
It was a really lovely day and we managed to raise over £1,000 profit. This money will be given to local charities and you will all know that you played your part in making this so successful.
The cakes and biscuits were delicious and they were much admired by all of our customers. My grandson managed several of each and actually made sure he picked the biggest gingerbread man by measuring it.
The table looked full and colourful, we cannot thank you enough.
Maybe you would like to visit us this year I am sure we could discuss this with your head teacher.
We hope that we can continue to work with you and look forward to another project in 2018.
Yours In Rotary” – Sandra Lewis – President, Locks Heath Rotary

“On behalf of Carole and myself, may I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the cordial reception we received on Wednesday. We were both extremely impressed with the monitoring model that you have created. Your use of ‘real-time’ data is something quite novel and an approach that I have not seen in schools that I visit. Furthermore, the range and depth of analysis that senior staff have access to and the proactive and pre-emptive measures that you are able to put in place to support the learning and development of your students was remarkable and inspiring. You students certainly benefit from being supported in this manner.
I, for one, had never considered how powerful ‘real-time’ data could be in providing a seemingly immediate response to the needs of students. We have all seen curriculum and behaviour tracking systems that monitor the progression made by students, but invariably these are ones, unlike yours, that have ‘time delays’ built into them. I particularly liked the fact that all your staff were using it in every lesson to record not only attendance, but also engagement.
May I once again take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for giving up so much of your time.
” – Peter Pambos – SEND Data and Assessment Officer (Surrey County Council)

“I’m delighted to hear that you will be taking part in next years robot challenge. I have to say that I was so impressed with the calm composure that your students showed under pressure, especially during the robot challenge under the time pressure. It was really great to see.” – Erika Smallridge (Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge Manager)

“Thank you, to you and your team, for allowing us to visit your school today. Everyone made us feel so welcome. We both loved it and were very impressed with staff and boys.” – Yvette Jackson & Sam Smithbone (Bayhouse School & Sixth Form, Gosport)

“My visits to local schools have been one of the highlights of my fourteen years as Fareham’s MP. After a tough week in Westminster I was always re-energised after seeing the pupils’ enthusiasm to learn and the passion and commitment of staff.” “I’m very impressed with work you have done at Lord Wilson, it’s terrific. – Mark Hoban ex M.P for Fareham

“From our arrival it was clear that the school is a welcoming and friendly environment and you have developed a strong ethos of support. We were impressed with the staff we met and the consistency they have when dealing with students. Staff are clearly committed to the school and they are supportive and proactive when dealing with difficult and challenging moments.” – Geoff Cherrill (Head Teacher at St Luke’s School, Swindon)

“Thank you so much for allowing us to come visit last week. I had the most amazing learning experiences and came away feeling privileged that I’d seen such great work.” – Catherine O’Sullivan (Bayhouse School & Sixth Form, Gosport)

“Dear Parent/Carer

I understand that you have a son/child due to start at Lord Wilson Academy School in September. It may be helpful for you to hear from a parent with a child at school who will be moving into year 8 in September. In my case my child was transitioned very gradually into the school before the end of the school year last July because he was not able to deal with a long holiday then going to a new school.

I cannot fault the way the school helped him make this transition, add into the week of activities that all new entrants are invited to during the summer break he made the move into Lord Wilson in September very easily and soon settled in.

He went from a child I had trouble getting to school every day into a child who was up and ready by 7.30am for his taxi. He has grown in confidence beyond measure and I can only praise the teachers and support workers for all the hard work they have done with him since he became a full time pupil.

I see myself as very much part of his team at school I get a daily call to advise me of how his day has been and we discuss a resolution to issues that may have arisen.

As a parent I want my child to have the best education he can, it is hard to realise that your child may not be suited to a mainstream school, but I can assure you I know I made the right decision in sending him to Lord Wilson and my child enjoys coming to school every day as he has plenty of support when its needed with clear boundaries and rules in place which he understands.

They have some wonderful outings and a chance for the pupils to try new activities which in turn helps with self-confidence and the ability to recognise that they can achieve targets in lessons, which many of them may not have done in a mainstream school. I am looking forward to watching my child progress through the school as he grows more in confidence and ability to develop his learning skills to his best advantage which hopefully will lead to a college placement or an apprenticeship and a much more positive future.” -Hilary Hetherington (Parent)

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