Introduction to the School
Willow Bank Day school is a small school to between 50 and 70 students. We provide an education for students that are not able to attend their usual school. Our aim is to provide an outstanding school experience with quality education and exciting opportunities to enable to students to build their knowledge, skills and their resilience so that they are better equipped to enjoy their learning and life.
Our Logo ‘Better Together’ says it all. We are here to support your child and hopefully you will see this on a daily basis. Our staff are expert at working with young people and they are here to make sure that each child never feels lost or alone through the challenging times. Each child will have two tutors who will liaise closely with parents, home schools and other professionals to ensure the very best education and care for all.
Student reviews take place throughout the year. This is a time to review your child’s progress, any concerns and future needs of your child. We would ask that you attend these meeting to ensure that we are able to work with you in supporting and addressing your child's needs.
All professionals involved with your child will be invited to attend the review meeting allowing us to work collectively to support your child. Following on from the review an Internal Review Report will be sent to you and any other professionals involved.
We are committed to providing the best possible education to our students that we can. Whilst acknowledging the difficult circumstances of many of our pupils we believe that our pupils benefit best from regular attendance.
If your child is absent from school please contact the school office on 0116 2298137 stating your child’s name and reason for absence. If you have not contacted us regarding your child's absence then the Attendance Officer will contact you to establish a reason.
We regularly monitor attendance and may contact you from time to time if we feel that your child’s level of attendance is decreasing and /or there is a level of disengagement in order for us to both support you and your child.
Your child’s timetable will be reviewed regularly and may change throughout their time with us. If you feel their timetable requires amendments please contact the tutor to discuss this with us.
Parent and Carer Support Group
Caring for a teenager with mental health problems can be very challenging for parents and carers, and is it all too easy to feel isolated and tired from dealing with daily tasks. All parents and carers have the opportunity for more support in caring for their teenager, by attending the Willow Bank Parents’ Group. This runs once a week over seven weeks and is a mix of discussion and some simple exercises that focus on finding ways to promote positive behaviour – with plenty of tea and cake to help us along!
The aims of the group are to:
- Share advice and information about parenting teenagers with mental health challenges
- Find and give mutual support through problem-solving
- Look at strategies that can help improve behaviour and the quality of family life
The programme follows the ‘Living with Teenagers’ course run by the Centre for Fun & Families. If you are interested, or would like to find out more, please call Micki Handford or Jayne Lister on 0116 229 8137.