Local School for Anxious Children

Local School for Anxious Children

676bd9fe0480e595a30fbe61b9203c3e.jpgWribbenhall School, Bewdley

A small school for 4 children aged 5-11 years supporting social and emotional wellbeing, through a pupil-led curriculum and access to the natural environment.

A small team of experienced, qualified and dedicated professionals to supporting a minority group of children struggling with the mainstream education system. 
Our school is part of our home, on the edge of Bewdley in Worcestershire. We have access to local woodlands and countryside.

Wribbenhall School is a Select Specialist Primary School for children with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties, who feel anxious in social situations and are unable to attend mainstream schools. Access to our school is through negotiation with your local education authority in conjunction with Education and Health Care Plan application process.

We educate children who have anxiety, school phobia, depression, suicidal thoughts and other co-occurring conditions e.g. Dyslexia and Autism, Attachment difficulties and Borderline Personality Disorder. 

We currently have only four places, and our school room is based in our home, which enables children to de-escalate school-based anxiety. Our homely, Enabling Environment provides a calm nurturing therapeutic centre, where we support children in resolving their anxiety and developing ways to overcome negative feelings. Through therapeutic practices we develop listening, cognition and discussion to help them change their understanding and behaviour in their social and academic environments. 

Pupils experience a highly differentiated programme of personalised emotional development and education, that is centred on nurturing and academic semi-autonomy. We draw 134516d82f42bf6190a099f0533b0a66.pngon aspects of Montessori and Waldorf educational methodology and our curriculum is assessed in line with the DfE’s National Curriculum, to support reintegration into mainstream schools, where possible. Transition is supported by school staff.

Our loving dog Daisy contributes to the classroom and offsite education and nurturing. We are located next to the countryside and have easy access to the Wyre Forest and Rhydd Covert, both Sites of Special Scientific Interest and of historical interest.

The school has been designed as an Enabling Environment and has elements of both a home and a classroom to make the children feel more comfortable and secure. Our learning space includes the garden, which has areas for growing fruit and vegetables and green house currently growing grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and chillies. There is also a dedicated Science/Design and Technology room.

We have curricular links with Abberley Care Farm, Wild at Heart Bushcraft, Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, The Community Workshop and Café, Wyre Community Land Trust, Woodfield House, Severn Valley Railway and local National Trust centres etc. We access these on an individual need basis.

“The core values Wribbenhall School seeks to promote in its children and adults are positive self-esteem; confidence in their own judgement; self-reliance; independence; ambition and compassion.

To support our children with SEMH, anxiety and school refusal, we aim to nurture and inspire, happy re-engaged children, who are confident to participate in life to their maximum potential.

We seek to promote this through a highly differentiated, pupil-led curriculum encompassing both academic, therapeutic and nurture support that embeds within the school.”

Our target children demonstrate vulnerability within mainstream schools. They may be withdrawn from appropriate social engagement and or 'switched off' from learning. By nurturing each pupil at the heart of their learning experience we enable focused academic, social and emotional development and progression, designed around each pupil's interests and needs. Access to our school is through negotiation with your local education authority in conjunction with Education and Health Care Plan application process.

Target Profile:-
•    Anxiety
•    Depression
•    Social phobia (including school phobia)
•    Suicidal thoughts

This may include and is not limited to any number of these issues:-
•    Selective Mutism
•    Panic disorder
•    Acrophobia
•    Separation anxiety (including school refusal)
•    Attachment Disorder
•    Autism
•    Self-harming
•    Suicidal thoughts and behaviour
•    Borderline Personality Disorder

Specifically Excluded Profiles include but are not limited to:-
•    Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties 
•    Moderate, Severe, and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 
•    Pathological Demand Avoidance
•    Oppositional Defiance Disorder
•    Conduct Disorder

Each child’s application will be considered, by the proprietor, on an individual basis, taking into consideration the attributes of the current pupils. No previous outcomes can be considered a precedent or guide to future decisions made by the proprietor. This decision will be based on information received from the pupil’s current placement, information on their EHCP, Information from professionals who have assessed the pupil and an interview with the child and their parent(s)/family.

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Or call 01299 405383

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