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Life at Moor House

Residential students thrive at Moor House through the opportunity to live and study with their peers. Our boarding provision allows students to integrate with others inside and outside the classroom with a wide range of clubs, activities and games to participate in. 

Children who attend the residential provision all have enhanced school-life experiences. Close working with the therapy team has supported children to build their confidence and skills in accessing community resources, and the results have been life changing.

Ofsted care report 2022

Settling in

Residential students are given lots of support by staff to settle in when they first arrive at Moor House. Our highly successful Buddy-Mentor programme means that all new students have a friendly older student to help them. Residential students telephone home every evening if they wish and key workers are happy to telephone parents each evening when a student starts boarding. Students are closely supported by key workers through a personal induction programme.

Key workers

Each residential student has a key worker who sets up the student’s care plan with input from the parents and the student themselves. Through evening activities and one to one sessions the key worker helps support social development, independence skills and therapy targets. Parents are contacted by email each week to give an update on how the student’s week has gone.


All our residential living areas provide single accommodation with their own bed, wardrobe and desk area. Boarders like to personalise their areas with posters, photos and duvets from home. During the night, waking-night staff are on duty to provide support for students as and when required.

Evening activities

Evenings at Moor House are busy, with a wide range of options offered. These can be accessed either through local facilities or onsite. Activities range from tennis at the local tennis club, arts and crafts to Horse-Riding. Every evening the sports complex houses several activities from softball to swimming.

When students aren’t involved in clubs and activities they join their care groups and make use of their own common rooms and living areas. Here they can relax, interact with friends, make snacks and watch TV. Students can continue to develop their communication skills and build friendships in a natural but supportive environment with the assistance of adults who know and understand their needs. All students are supported with homework after school and day students are able to join in with some evening activities.


Residential students are encouraged to register with the local GP practice.  Our Healthcare manager is on site at Moor House during the daytime, and an assistant is on site during the evenings. The Healthcare department works closely with our GP who holds a weekly clinic at school.

To day or to stay: George’s story

To day or to stay: George’s story For some children being part of a residential care environment that includes a residential placement can help them to thrive. But making the right choice for each individual child can be difficult, especially for parents and carers.


Students are helped to understand meal choices and mealtimes allow further opportunities for therapists and care staff to support students with social skills and eating skills. Our catering staff and healthcare staff work hard to accommodate diets as advised by medical professionals or following cultural requirements.

Outstanding standards

The Moor House residential provision consistently meets and exceeds the National Minimum Standards for residential special schools, and we are proud to consistently achieve ‘Outstanding’ grades from the Ofsted Care Inspectorate.