Our residential provision offers a safe, secure and fun atmosphere in which our boarders can enjoy learning and developing socially and emotionally.
Our dedicated team works closely with all of the boarders, running fun and enriching activities every evening as well as working 1:1 with their dedicated key boarders. We have numerous activities within school house during the evenings ranging from sports such as football, handball, street hockey and American football to quasar, cinema, climbing, archery, potholing, ICT and Art…… to name just a few! We also offer a life skills programme designed to help each boarder to be able to wash, clean, cook, live off a budget, use transport and work in the community.
Our boarders thrive in a stimulating, safe and rewarding environment that reflects the ethos of the school. We aim to help all our boarders to be able to leave our provision with a vast array of knowledge and are happy to accommodate boarders for both short and long term placements.
School House can offer up to 8 full time residential places. Alongside this, we offer our extended day programme which provides the opportunity for even more members of the school community to stay after school for a few hours enjoying activities such as football, multi sports, art, cooking and life skills.
We also have a Boarding Council who meet regularly to discuss school issues and event planning. The Boarders also present occasionally to the School Governors at Full Governing Body Meetings.
The very latest School House news
School House Summer Camp
This summer we were able to open school house during the summer holidays for a week of fun and development. We were able to offer an enormous amount of activities such as, Thorpe Park, the cinema, Colchester Zoo, water fights, nerf wars, Liquid Leisure (the world’s biggest inflatable water course), outdoor education as well as developing all of those important skills needed to develop as a person. Each child was able to select from a range of daily activities and then reside in the unit overnight. We also had the opportunity for day pupils to join us to enjoy all of the activities on offer.
Marks and Spencer’s
This is not just any Falconer School House….This is a Marks and Spencer’s Freshly Decorated School House.
Over the past two years School House boarders have been fortunate enough to have had volunteers from Marks and Spencer’s Watford come down and decorate all of the boarder’s bedrooms, toilet, hallway and living room as well as kitting all of the rooms out with new bedding, pillows, towels, socks and body washes.
Some Marks and Spencer’s employees took time off from their normal duties to come down armed with cleaning chemicals, paint and stacks of goodwill and determination. All of the boarders were overwhelmed with happiness when they returned from their summer holidays and have been relaxing in their newly decorated and fresh rooms whenever they get the opportunity.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Marks and Spencer’s team that took part in helping the Residential Unit get a well needed freshen up and we look forward to inviting them down for a meal as soon as possible to say thank you properly.
Over the summer holidays the unit got a bit of a revamp. Having new carpets and blinds replaced throughout. We have also replaced all of the dining room chairs. The boys are very happy with the result.
The Boarders have taken part in loads of activities recently such as visiting and testing out the newly released films at the cinema. The boarders also enjoy going to the woods and park where they may go paddling in the stream, play wide games or relax on the field. We also have a real group of creative geniuses, creating Lego buildings, making their own tie dye shirts and socks. They have also been developing important skills such as cooking, budgeting, shopping, washing and cleaning. All of the boarders have continued to develop as individuals extremely well and continue to make great progress.
Garden design and building
One of the biggest projects ever undertaken in the history of the school was finished in April 2018 completed by one of our very own boarders. During his horticulture lessons and every night that he resided. He was working away, digging ponds, creating flower beds, learning how to concrete, landscape and re-design. This had taken great dedication and commitment and the schools pupils and boarders are now able to enjoy the completed area to chill out and enjoy the running water and koi carp. The boarder has now moved onto Oakland’s College to study Horticulture level 2.
The new project
One of our older boarders is now undertaking the mammoth job of re-developing and cutting back the schools dirt bike track. The boarder has been working on this project for some time and wanted to do it due to his keen interest in mechanics. Whilst clearing the track he is also able to fix and drive the dirt buggy. He continues to plan, develop and work hard on the track, learning new skills in design and horticulture. He completes this with Mr Saunders (Deputy Head of Care) who has 12 years landscaping experience. Our boarder is now looking into a career in the army possibly doing mechanics as his main area of focus. He feels this is due to the work he is undertaking on the track and buggies himself.
The Extended Day programme continues to offer fun and enriching activities to a large number of Falconer School Pupils and the staff continue to drive this forward creating new and exciting activities for all of the pupils to take part in. Some of the activities we offer are as follows:
Monday – Football – Led by Mr. Bell and played on the Astro Turf at Queens School. This is our most popular extended day and already consists of a large amount of pupils each week.
Tuesday – Social Clubs / Sports / Board Games – This can be self-led time or with the engagement of staff. This is extended day at its most relaxed, where pupils and boarders can chose between a wide variety of activities.
Wednesday – Cooking / Outdoor Education – Cooking is led by Mr Taylor and offers a variety of basic and advanced cooking depending on what pupils chose to do the week before. Outdoor education is led by Mr. Stevens. This club runs from 18:00-20:30.
Thursday – Design Technology / Life Skills / Multi Sports / Art / Horticulture – This is a great evening of different activities now open to a number of new extended day pupils. DT is run by Mr English and is an oversubscribed activity proving to be extremely popular amongst our pupils.
Inspection dates 19 to 21 February 2018
– Overall experiences and progress of children and young people, taking into account – outstanding
– How well children and young people are helped and protected – outstanding
– The effectiveness of leaders and managers – Good
Full Residential Ofsted Report