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Moor House School & College residential provision provides a warm, friendly, inclusive and welcoming environment where great importance is attached to pastoral care, pupil wellbeing and to being a supportive and tolerant community where students feel safe in their surroundings.

The school's excellent integration of the residential care provision with the school ensures that children are able to achieve beyond all expectations.

Ofsted Care report 2022

Providing a safe, happy and nurturing environment

Our boarding provision provides a platform for students to engage in real life learning opportunities that are both stimulating and enabling. Students are encouraged to develop independence with the help of a supportive network of peers, tutors and the residential team. Each child has a dedicated support network around them and each child has a nominated key worker from the residential team who provides individual support to each child in MHS&C boarding provision.

Residential students’ safety and well-being is at the centre of practice in this school and college. All members of staff, from across all disciplines, know the vulnerabilities and strengths of each student. As a result, students receive bespoke support, guidance and nurturing to enable them to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to reach their potential and live as independently as possible. Emotional safety is promoted to an excellent standard and staff are alert to any situations or ongoing events which can affect a student’s stability and well-being.

Staff truly care about the children and talk fondly and lovingly about them.

Ofsted Care report 2022

Becoming confident and independent members of society

The support that students receive in developing life skills and independence is exemplary. Life-skills based programmes of learning enable students to increase independence in:

  • personal and domestic living
  • travel
  • safety
  • time management
  • food preparation and nutrition
  • budgeting
  • studying
  • managing medical needs
  • participation in leisure activities

Each student has an individual plan and staff consistently hold in mind each student’s future and how to help them move on successfully towards this.


Develop and increase capacity for positive social interaction and communication

We recognise the importance of appropriate social communication. Opportunities for learning are provided through structured activities, supported study, meal times, focus groups, group meetings, enrichment activities and unstructured time. Games and activities provide further opportunities to develop speech and language, fine and gross motor skills in a subtle and fun way. We recognise the need for local community inclusion and ensure all children and young people are given the opportunity to do so. Amenities such as the cinema, theatre, shops, parks, walks, bowling and horse riding are amongst some of the available off-site activities.

Developing emotional resilience and a sense of belonging

Through pastoral support, role-playing, group and enrichment activities our students are supported to learn more about themselves and consequently prepare them for the wider world. Key-workers provide support for students to develop strategies to help regulate emotions and responses, both in private and in social settings with the aim of increasing underlying levels of self-worth and esteem.  

Students at Moor House know they are listened to, valued and supported, developing a sense of belonging which in turn can help them grow as a person. A sense of belonging promotes children’s well-being and has a positive impact on their learning.

Achieving beyond all expectations

Achieving beyond all expectations The excellent residential care provision at Moor House 'ensures that children are able to achieve beyond all expectations’ according to Ofsted, who rated the School & College outstanding in all areas for an 11th consecutive year following a recent Social Care Inspection.

Building and maintaining good relationships and friendships

Staff are skilled in understanding the range of influences that friendships can have and encourage those with a positive impact. The students are supported to develop understanding and empathy towards each other, positive relationships are reinforced, praised and encouraged. The development of safe, stable and secure relationships with staff are central to the ethos of the residential homes and enable staff to build constructive and warm relationships with the students that actively promote positive behaviour.

An outstanding team

Residential students are guided and nurtured by an outstanding multidisciplinary team who work diligently and tirelessly to ensure they develop and progress to their full potential. Leaders and managers, as well as governors, are ambitious for the students in their care and expect high levels of performance and quality at all levels. This sense of ambition is common across the school and college, with students’ progress and safety being at the centre of service development and practice.