​Headteacher: Mrs J.Dambach


Tel: 01538 306214

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Our Residential Facilities (Kiplings)

Horton Lodge's Residential provision is called Kiplings due to our proximity to Lake Rudyard. Kiplings is inspected annually by OfSTED and has been rated as Outstanding in its last 6 inspections. To view the most recent report click here.


Kiplings is designed and managed to provide a homely environment for our children and young people. The skills that children learn during the day are applied and practised throughout the evening in Kiplings to provide a continuous programme of learning.


Purpose of Residential Provision

  1. Developing self-help/independent living skills

  2. Developing friendship opportunities (limited outside of school) in a safe environment

  3. Developing ability to mix with peers with similar social difficulties in order to develop social skills and learn appropriate behaviours

  4. Opportunities for different activities

  5. Opportunity to facilitate within child self-regulation of behaviours

  6. Opportunities for students to develop their own personalities build confidence, self esteem and make choices that are limited within a home environment.  Promotion of the "students voice"

  7. Opportunity to access holistic 24 hour curriculum

 Kiplings can accommodate children and young people on a Res1 or Res2 placement. Children on a Res1 placement will stay for a club activity and for tea. Children on a Res2 placement will stay for the whole evening and sleep overnight. All placements have to be approved by the Local Authority and they take into account individual needs and circumstances. Placements tend to be for 1 or 2 nights per week for a 6 month period. At the end of the 6 months, placements are reviewed and it is possible to re-apply to the Local Authority for a continued placement.


Every child will have a transition programme into Kiplings to identify individual needs, ensuring the success of the placement.

During their stay in Kiplings the children and young people are encouraged to be as independent as possible, following the principles of Conductive Education. All children are actively involved in all areas of Kiplings and their own development. The children and young people also have opportunities for social links through clubs and visits.


We have a wide range of clubs within Kiplings, which help the children to have a broad and balanced education. Some of these include: Drama club, Cookery club, Swimming club, Dance club, Gardening club, Music club and Gym club. Clubs change on consultation with the children.

Our priority is to safeguard children and promote a safe and secure environment for children and young people to thrive in.  Jane Dambach is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Safeguarding Policy, Residential Statement of Purpose and Complaints Procedure are all available from the School Office.

In Kiplings we have an independent child advocate, Miss Vicky Lewis, who is the Headteacher at a local primary school in Endon.

Our advocate is available to talk to the children about any concerns they may have, alongside school staff, such as the Senior Professional Support Worker and Key Workers.


Vicky also acts as a 'watching brief' and looks at the Kiplings provision from the child's point of view and feeds back to us about anything that she feels is going well or needs improving.


To view our Residential Statement of Purpose Click Here.

To view the National Minimum Standards for residential special schools Click Here.


Kiplings Routine

We meet when school finishes at 3.30pm from school to complete the register and discuss the evening’s activities.


Activity time or club time varies each evening. Some children will choose to join the club and others will play their own games in the play room or bedroom.

Children are always given a choice of what they would like to do.  The evening clubs change each term after consultation with the children.


Then it’s time for tea! This is when the children practise self help skills whilst eating and drinking, and it’s a social time as we all sit down together to discuss our day.


After tea it is free play and the children then either choose to have a bath or shower before bed.  This is also an opportunity for children to continue to practice skills learnt in school and develop their independence.


At the end of the evening, it is supper time and a variety of hot/cold drinks are available.  We also celebrate our achievements and discuss what we have enjoyed about the evening.


The evening concludes with story time and then bed!