WHAT WE DO And HOW WE DO IT
In 2022, we celebrated our tenth year as 'outstanding' specialists in education and therapy for pupils who have suffered adverse childhood experiences. These are known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on physical and emotional health and well-being.ACEs, and include trauma and Children experience toxic stress as a result of strong, frequent, and/or repeated suffering without adequate support from an adult.toxic stress. Our all-qualified team of teachers and therapists 'work as one' with pupils aged 5 to 16 who benefit from a therapeutic curriculum focused on meeting their social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.
- Pupils' safety always comes first. Our systems for keeping pupils safe go 'above and beyond' the requirements for schools. Teaching pupils about safety and healthy relationships is at the core of our curriculum.
- Our unique, all-qualified professional workforce consists of teachers and therapists only. They 'work as one' to provide an innovative therapeutic curriculum.
- Our 'always positive' and 'structured but flexible' approaches improve pupils' behaviour and attitudes over time.
- We are committed to equality for all.
- Our exceptional leaders are held to account by our expert independent governors.
OUR CURRICULUMMr Foster is our executive principal
Our specialist curriculum is ambitious and effective. It focuses sharply on developing pupils socially, emotionally and academically. As well as getting the therapy they need, our all-qualified team of experts teach pupils a broad, rich range of subjects. The curriculum is complemented by an enriching extra-curricular programme, including daily after-school clubs.
OUR MOST RECENT INSPECTIONS
- Octavia House does everything well. From providing pupils with high-quality support, to ensuring the curriculum is carefully designed, the school is highly effective.
- Leaders’ decisions about the curriculum and therapeutic provisions are based on their expert knowledge of how best to support pupils’ needs.
- This is a school that puts pupils front and centre. There are countless ways in which staff help pupils reach their full potential.
- The therapeutic and academic curriculums are woven together seamlessly. The focus on enabling pupils to self-regulate and manage their emotions is highly successful.
- Leaders ensure that safeguarding is at the top of their agenda. They use their considerable expertise to ensure that pupils are kept safe in school and feel safe.
OUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACHEmily Barlow is our therapy & trauma specialist
Our seamless approach to therapy means that therapists and teachers 'work as one' to support pupils' social, emotional, behavioural and educational development.
We hold therapy and a therapeutic approach at the heart of everything we do, understanding that if pupils feel emotionally and mentally well, they are able to play and learn with interest and enthusiasm.
We are proud to provide the following range of therapies...
April offers art therapy across our schools. She provides child-centred, creative therapy using art as a tool for connection and understanding of the pupils' inner world, their feelings and experiences. Art therapy is used to improve self awareness, self esteem, promote insights and develop emotional regulation.
We have three therapy dogs: Mabel, Maurice and Paddy. Mabel is a young puppy and is the newest addition to our therapy team. Our therapy dogs spend quality time with our pupils. Pupils read to the dogs, cuddle them, tell them how they are feeling and take turns in looking after them. Maurice especially likes cuddles and listening to pupils read!
Louisa is a drama therapist and is the lead therapist at our Vauxhall site. Dramatherapy uses creativity and the imagination to support feelings. It can help pupils to understand different emotions and to build confidence. In these sessions pupils can share their thoughts and experiences in a safe way using role-play, storytelling, sand-play, lots of different objects, art materials, poetry and creative writing.
- EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (EP)
Aysun is our educational psychologist. She provides assessments to further support our pupils in accessing the learning environment. Aysun works alongside both therapists and teachers in order to assess our pupils' needs and to develop strategies to help them. She will also meet with families to discuss what they see at home and to offer additional support where needed.
- Family Support
Our lead therapists (Louisa at Vauxhall; Celine at Walworth; Ben at Kennington; Charlotte at Great Baddow) provide our families with therapeutic support, tailored to meet the needs of the individual family - whether flexible and ad-hoc or weekly, online or face-to-face, individually or with their child. We work in an integrated way, using a variety of therapeutic tools that support families for meaningful and transformative change.
Integrative therapy is flexible, child-led and adapted to meet pupils' complex needs. Pupils can choose different ways to share their thoughts and feelings. These may include play, drama, music or art. Our therapists work with pupils in the classroom as well as offering therapy sessions in the therapy room.
Ben is our music therapist and lead therapist at our Kennington site. Ben uses music and song writing to help pupils share their feelings and experiences. Aims of therapy include relieving stress, problem solving, understanding emotions, increasing levels of self-confidence and improving relationships. In music therapy pupils can play a range of instruments, make recordings and share music by their favourite artists.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT)
Lenez and Martha are our occupational therapists. Occupational therapy can help pupils with various needs including the need tomove around or difficulty sitting still. This, in turn, can help to build confidence, self-esteem and improve access to learning. Lenez and Martha create plans to support the development of key skills needed for pupils to learn and complete everyday tasks. They work with pupils both in the classroom and in specialist therapy spaces.
Celine is our play therapist. She is also our lead therapist at Walworth. Play therapy uses different ways of playing to help pupils develop confidence in talking to others.
Play therapy sessions may include using sand, arts and crafts and a range of toys. Play therapy is a place where you can think about how you are feeling and share different experiences in a safe way.
- SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY (SaLT)
Bethan is our speech and language therapist. She assesses pupils to help us understand whether there are additional speech and language needs that can be better supported in school. If additional needs are identified a pupil may then be offered group therapy, one-to-one speech and language therapy and/or indirect therapeutic support, both in the classroom or in a therapy room.
KEEPING OUR PUPILS SAFE
Pupils' safety always comes first, and is everybody's responsibility. Joanne Evans leads on keeping everybody safe. She is responsible for all aspects of safeguarding, child protection and health & safety.
We pay regard to statutory guidance, including the latest versions of these three key documents:
To refer a pupil with an EHC plan for their SEMH needs, please email email@example.com
Please note that our schools do not cater for pupils with autism. We do not facilitate visits to our schools without a formal consultation from a prospective pupil's local authority.
For any other help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we do not accommodate student/trainee placements or make use of volunteers.
Octavia House School Vauxhall, London
Key Stages 1 & 2
Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5LG
020 3651 4396 (option 1)
Octavia House School Walworth, London
Key Stage 3
Larcom Street, London SE17 1RT
020 3651 4396 (option 2)
Octavia House School Kennington, London
Key Stage 4
214b Kennington Road, London SE11 6AU
020 3651 4396 (option 3)
OCTAVIA HOUSE SCHOOLGreat Baddow, Essex
Key Stages 1 & 2
High Street, Great Baddow CM2 7HH
020 3651 4396 (option 4)
The executive principal is Patrik Foster.
The CEO is James Waite.
Richard Leonard chairs the proprietor and governing bodies of both schools. He is contactable in writing at the Kennington address above or by telephone via the main switchboard.
The governing body comprises an expert group of highly-experienced leaders and inspectors.
Our external governors are: Lesley Cox, Barney Payne and John Seal.