The residential facilities are excellent
— Ofsted, January 2017

Away from the classrooms

 The Rock Lodge house group is the Post 16 facility based in Stamford. The house consists of 11 students ranging from 16 – 19 years old. Rock Lodge is designed to help the students learn independent living skills whilst still being supported by the Care team.  Situated in a beautiful building formerly belonging to the Mayor of Stamford Rock Lodge is situated close to the local amenities to enhance of level of life skills preparation.

There is a seamless transition between care and education. Young people benefit from a wraparound 24-hour curriculum. Extremely close working between care and education staff ensures that there is continuity and consistency for young people.
— Ofsted - January 2018

As part of the residential experience, the students learn basic living skills and these consist of cooking, budgeting, Laundry, CV and application writing. They will also have an enterprise business project to help them learn different skills they may need once they leave the school.

Over the past few years the group have taken part in an allotment project where they had chance to grow their own vegetables. They have also completed a pop up restaurant and raised £365.00 for charity. 

Excellent joint work between care, education and therapy teams means that children benefit from a wrap-around 24-hour curriculum.
— Ofsted - October 2018

As the group are older we try to encourage them to try different activities so they can socialise in an adult-like environment. These have included watching local bands, comedy club and going to watch plays at the theatre. Some of the students take out local gym memberships and use this regularly. The group have over the last few years been abroad to Spain where they visited Barcelona and last year they visited Amsterdam. This year they are arranging another visit to Barcelona.

With the house being situated in the heart of Stamford it has good links to the train station, job centre and library. The group are encouraged to use all these facilities to help them become more independent.

One of the outbuildings has recently been converted into a new snug/film room and small fitness gym situated in the buildings opposite the car park. 

Young people benefit from really high-quality, individualised and aspirational care. They are given every opportunity to reach their potential. They have excellent experiences. Spending time in the residential provision particularly benefits them academically, socially and emotionally.
— Ofsted - October 2018