Residential Facility

Woodeaton Manor School provides flexible boarding arrangements for up to 10 pupils, one night per week during term time.

All children and young people have these fundamental rights while in our care:

  • To be valued as an individual
  • To be treated with dignity and respect
  • To be cared for as a child first
  • To be safe


Residential staff take responsibility for these pupils after the school day until the following morning. The residential provision is staffed by the Head of Care and a team of teachers and TA’s that stay on from school.

“Links with education are clear and most of the residential staff also work in the school. The consistency across the teams ensures smooth changes between school time and residential time.” – Ofsted 2021

Every pupil is assigned a key worker who is responsible for their care and also as a contact between school and home through the use of the Home/School book, telephone and/or e-mail.

Each member of the residential staff: -

A team of residential staff takes responsibility for these pupils after the school day until the following morning. The residential provision is staffed by a Head of Care, a Residential Care Worker (RCW) and a Residential Care Worker who also works in the daytime provision. Every pupil is assigned a key worker (a Residential Care Worker (RCW)) who is responsible for their care and also as a contact between school and home through the use of the Home/School book, telephone and/or e-mail.  Each member of the residential staff: -

  • Takes specific responsibility for a small number of pupils; using individual care plans to identify social, emotional and behavioural needs and developing achievable and unambiguous targets with the collaboration of the pupil. 
  • Regularly assesses and evaluates the pupil’s progress in all aspects of residence and provides strategies to promote development and growth.
  • Maintains individual files and provides information and reports when required.
  • Takes general responsibility for all pupils, sharing observations and concerns with appropriate members of staff.
  • Provides and facilitates opportunities for personal, social, health and educational skills to develop.
  • Encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own actions, providing guidance and counselling when necessary.
  • Liaises with: -
    • Parents or Carers on a regular basis.
    • Other agencies when considered appropriate.


Care plans are used by Residential staff to reflect the aims and objectives of the whole school plan. They take into account the resident’s individual needs, and allow for the development and enrichment of their lives. They also highlight the resident’s strengths, limitations, problems and targets.

Care plans are always discussed and developed with the co-ordination of the resident, taking note of and including any areas they need to work on. The areas covered include: self-care skills, independent living skills and socialisation skills.

Residence is available to pupils to aid the implementation of the twenty-four hour curriculum, to support and encourage the pupils in their intellectual, behavioural and social development and to foster physical, emotional and spiritual growth. Residence provides a safe, empathetic, enjoyable environment to facilitate the move towards independence. The residential staff endeavour to inspire confidence and build self-esteem, to empower the pupils to make decisions and to accept responsibility for their actions.

The main residential area, known as the Annexe, is based in a converted coach house, within the school grounds close to the main building; this is divided into two areas: one for the male residents and the other for the female residents. The male residential area comprises four two bedded bedrooms, sitting room, computer room, multi-gym, ‘family’ room, and a large playroom, plus the necessary bathrooms and staff sleeping-in rooms. The female residential area comprises two, two bedded bedrooms, a large sitting room with its own kitchenette, bathroom and staff sleeping-in rooms.

Two semi-detached cottages stand within the grounds; one of these is used to assist the residents with self-help and life skills.

Social Engagement

Residential pupils develop social skills and become less socially isolated as a result of spending time with their friends.

Residents at Woodeaton are encouraged to use their leisure time positively. They are given a choice of many and varied activities. It is considered that the activity programme should:

  • Develop skills and increase knowledge
  • Make life more interesting and stimulating
  • Give a sense of achievement and personal satisfaction
  • Create opportunities for the growth of personal and social relationships
  • Aid the acquisition of skills necessary to become part of a group as well as a fulfilled individual


"Children make good progress with their social and individual skills through attending the residential provision. They enjoy a relaxed residential environment where they can try new activities and experiences." - Ofsted 2021

Ofsted Reports:

A list of our residential Ofsted reports can be found below. Our current Ofsted rating is "Good":



Our Statement of Purpose can be found here: WMS Residential Statement of Purpose 2022-2023.pdf

To view and download the Residential Self Evaluation and the Child Friendly Brochure follow this link