Wings School Notts has plenty to be proud of. Not only has it been graded “Outstanding” for its care by Ofsted in its last four inspections but Registered Manager Jacob Shelton was recently named Children's Home Manager of the Year in a prestigious awards ceremony and now the school's Care Team have been shortlisted for Care Team of the Year in the National Children's and Young People's Awards.
There’s been challenge too. Like all specialist residential school settings, COVID-19 was a difficult time. But the team at Wings, and the children supported there, decided to take a positive approach, including setting up a series of fundraising efforts including a “push up challenge” to raise funds for NHS charities.
The school supports children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, some of whom are very vulnerable and most of whom have been out of education for some time. It supports local children within close reach to their homes, communities and families.
Each year the care team supports these children – no matter their difficulties – to achieve and thrive, including academically. This year young people gained an impressive average 14 qualifications each with an incredible 184 qualifications achieved across the school. 100% of young people gained a Maths, English and Science qualification and 100% gained an English and Maths GCSE. One young person left Wings Notts with an amazing 19 qualifications!
Learning is not just for children at Wings Notts. The team there have undertaken DBT training, hosted workshops on County Lines and have been proactive in helping children step down to foster care wherever possible.
The team at Wings Notts believes in giving children the widest range of experiences and opportunities. They work closely with bodies such as the police and armed forces who are both regular positive visitors to the school for information and fun days – which everyone (visitors, staff and children) enjoy. This work has seen a greater understanding on both sides of each other's perspective.