Flexible boarding and Short Breaks

"Respite is having a massive positive influence on her, she was happy when she came home, went in the shower and took herself to bed. This morning she told me she wanted to start cleaning her teeth (like at school)." A Parent's comment to Ofsted.

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Our popular flexible boarding service is based at Thurnscoe House, a modern five-bedroom home, just over a mile away from the School and at Thurnscoe Studios, our small suite of self-contained bedsits, located in the school grounds, that offer semi independent living. Both provisions are rated by Ofsted as Outstanding. The service offers short breaks during term time and holidays for day and 38 week pupils who attend the school. For legal reasons it is not available for children and young people who do not attend the school.

Flexible boarding will allow your child to explore and experience new and different ways of having fun. There are lots of outdoor activities both at school and in the local area to take part in, all of which provide exercise and entertainment. We know that while your child is having fun and relaxing, their behaviour, independence, life skills and communications skills are being developed.

Here are some of the activities your child can have on one of our short breaks:

There’s also plenty of time to relax, play games, and to explore the local area.

Flexible boarding is just that: your child may come for daytime activities only, regular or occasional overnight stays, or for a weekend. We run our flexible boarding during the working week and some weekends during the school term, and for specific weeks during the school holidays. To find out when the next short breaks opportunity will be, as well as our fees and availability, please get in touch with us.

 "This is a typical comment from a parent: ‘Excellent school with skilled and caring staff. My child has respite boarding and it is exemplary, well run with experienced staff. I recommend this school to all families with children with severe autism and complex needs."  Ofsted.