Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: General

Do you have pupil vacancies?

Yes, we have places available for pupils in National Curriculum Years 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8.

What length of provision do you offer?

St Edward’s is a 38 week (Monday – Friday) weekly boarding provision. We also offer day placements.

What needs do you cater for?

St Edward’s is primarily a provision for young people who experience behavioural difficulties associated with their social, emotional and mental health. We cater for pupils with a range of needs including ADHD, ASC (where behavioural difficulties are the primary need), ADD, Attachment Disorders, OCD, Asperger’s (High level functioning), ODD and Conduct Disorder.

What are your class sizes?

Our classes typically consist of 5 pupils, 1 Teacher and 1 Teaching Assistant.

How do I arrange to visit St Edward’s?

You can contact us on 01794 885 252 and we will arrange a suitable time for you to visit us.

FAQs: Local Authorities and Social Care

Do you offer specialist services?

We have a specialist staff team offering additional services on-site: Adolescent Therapeutic Counselling Using the Arts, Anger Management Coaching, an Advisory Service for Drugs & Alcohol, Consultant Psychologist, Dyslexia Screening, Emotional Literacy, Irlen Syndrome Screening and Literacy Support.

For information regarding our fees, please contact a member of the Senior Management Team on 01794 885252.

FAQs: Young People

If I stay overnight can I phone a family member?

Of course. You will have the opportunity to speak to family each evening.

FAQs: Parents, Carers and Families

Can I refer my son to St Edward’s School?

Unfortunately you can’t. Any referral must go through your Local Authority as pupil placements are funded by Local Authorities.

Please contact your Local Authority if you would like to pursue your interest in St Edward’s. They will be able to offer you guidance on whether they feel we are the best provision to meet your son’s needs. Alternatively, you could contact your local Parent Partnership Service who can offer you advice and support.

You are, however, very welcome to visit us on an informal basis.

Can my son access the same curriculum as he would in a mainstream school?

We offer the full National Curriculum to boys from Year 5 to the end of Year 9. A modified curriculum at Key Stage 4 enables pupils to follow GCSE courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Design Technology, ICT, RE, PE, and valuable pre-vocational courses in Horticulture, Brickwork and Painting and Decorating.

Does my son need to start at the beginning of the Academic Year in September?

No, we admit pupils at regular points throughout the school year.

Will my son have a key contact person at St Edward’s School?

Yes. Every pupil is assigned a Keyworker who is a qualified Residential Social Care Worker.

He can, of course, speak to any member of Staff if he has a concern.

My son has been out of school for 2 years, what if he can’t cope initially with attending Monday – Friday?

For pupils who may have been out of school for some time or may find the transition process difficult, we can offer a tailored attendance programme. This is a reduced timetable and will give your son the opportunity to settle in to our provision at a pace to suit his own needs.


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