Belview Lodge School
Belview Lodge is a Residential Care Home which is registered for up to four young people. Belview Lodge is one of 6 homes within Direct Care and has many high standards.
The living accommodation is both homely and functional. Each Young Person has their own room which they look after and there are communal areas where both youngsters and staff can relax.
Outside, there are extensive gardens allowing most ball games and there are also areas which provide the opportunity for Young People to grow their own flowers or produce.
The well qualified staff are there to ensure the home runs smoothly on a daily basis but the young people are also expected to contribute. Belview Lodge has a weekly chore rota so everybody helps out around the house in a variety of different ways.
Each Young Person receives pocket money and also a clothing and toiletries allowance. By doing extra jobs around the house, there is the opportunity to earn extra pocket money. A certain amount is put into a savings account each week for when they move on and the Young People are encouraged to save money themselves.
Activities are a key aspect in the routine of the Young People. Each week, they are encouraged to choose to do something away from the home as part of their leisure activities, to broaden their experiences.
For those young People who are not attending state schools, Belview has its own Ofsted registered school with places for four students between the ages of 11 and 16. Each student has an individual timetable designed to help the student to return to learning or to catch up where time in the classroom has been lost. The specialist staff ensure that the programme of study, whilst closely following National Curriculum, is adapted to ensure that each person feels they have made progress. Great emphasis is placed upon the need for the Young People to attain a good level of numeracy and literacy.
For those students who enjoy practical subjects, there are Design and Technology lessons where they can plan and make a range of different projects from garden benches to decorated mosaic mirrors. Learning skills for later life is especially important and learning to prepare nutritious meals is strongly encouraged.
Each year, all of the Houses in Direct Care come together for the Annual Sports Day. There are a variety of games and activities which allow both Young People and Staff to compete against each other on the games field and to socialise afterwards around the barbeque.