1971 – 2020
It is with great sadness we announce that our colleague and friend Janice Hirst passed away on Thursday 9th January. Janice worked at the school for over 15 years in a pivotal position and her work impacted significantly upon the lives of many children and their families. Her family have requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to Overgate Hospice. If anyone would like to donate, please either leave with reception staff or post to the school. We have opened a book of condolences on our website for anyone wishing to write a message, and these will be passed on to the family. http://whsschool.org.uk/about/book-of-condolence/. Our sincere condolences at this sad time are with her family.
We work with children and young people aged 5-19 across a broad spectrum of social, emotional and mental health challenges and use our knowledge, experience and expertise to help them ‘become the best they can be’. Common diagnoses and learner profiles amongst our students include ADHD, PDA, FASD, Autism and Attachment Disorder.
We are proud to have received an Ofsted judgement of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas across the school (March 2018) and have been Ofsted Social Care Outstanding for 14 consecutive years.
We primarily offer Day and Residential Education/Care over four nights a week from our school in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, although we can also accommodate flexible Extended Day placements and bespoke learning pathways in our specialist environment. We provide a 24 hour, integrated curriculum with sensory strategies, communication interventions, exceptional therapeutic services and family outreach. Improving Quality of Life underpins all our work.
“We promote a positive sense of self, high aspirations and endless opportunities to achieve outstanding outcomes. We plant the foundations for health, happiness and growth by building strength, confidence and resilience, a like for learning and a tool box to help manage life’s challenges. We teach right from wrong, a positive mind-set and the belief and value of a ‘can do’ approach. We aim for our children to become respectful citizens who have the ability to form healthy relationships and contribute to society, through social and moral purpose and economic responsibility. All our young people are offered bespoke transition to adulthood, College or University.”
Sue Ackroyd PRINCIPAL
The school has received numerous awards this academic year, including winning the Examiner Award for SEN school of the year and was also commended in both the ‘Shine a Light Awards’ and the ‘Education Business Awards’. One of our students won Gold at the ‘Engage Schools Awards’ for outstanding personal achievement.
The school functions as a mutually beneficial community, where staff and students experience everyday life alongside each other (we raise thousands of pounds each year for our chosen charities). We are passionate and committed to sharing our practice and providing school to school support. Further publications, conference appearances, teaching commitments and research related to ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma are current projects.
Beyond our doorstep, the school has a presence as a national and international centre of excellence within the SEN sector. We regularly present at conferences and universities in the fields of Education, Mental Health and our Psychotherapy team is considered as leading the field in working with complex and developmental trauma in the UK. We are heavily involved with national memberships such as Engage, Sebda and NASS and have been active in setting up and hosting the NASS Teaching and Learning peer review group across the North. We make a valuable contribution, including consultancy, specialist training and support to schools requiring improvement and, advice to other social care provisions locally, regionally and nationally.
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