The Cottage achieves ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.

We want to congratulate the team at The Cottage, who achieved an Ofsted rating of Good in their recent inspection.

Comments made during the inspection include:

“Staff provide a range of positive and first-time experiences, such as swimming lessons and attending rugby matches. These opportunities are broadening the child’s experiences and installing positive childhood memories.”

“Staff are creative in how they get important messages across to children. They spend time talking to children and provide educational resources to inform their conversations and topics.”

“Staff support one child to see their family members regularly. This is helping the child build on their family relationships in a familiar setting with staff support. For the first time in six years, the child returned home over the Christmas period. The child told the inspector this made them very happy.”

“The registered manager’s monitoring systems are good and demonstrate he has clear management oversight of the home. The registered manager is reflective and focused. Staff say he is approachable and always makes time to listen to children and staff.”

We are very proud of the team.

The Cottage hosted a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, on 24th October 2023.

We set out to raise £150 to support a worthy cause but achieved an outstanding total of £290.

The event was supported by our young people, their families, and dedicated staff team. There were cakes and coffee galore and positive relationships built through shared experience, I was proud to be a part of the day as were the families who joined us.

Last year, donations from Coffee Mornings made a vital difference, and helped them continue their incredible work. Every cup counts and will support them in doing whatever it takes to help people living with cancer live life as fully as they can.

We have all been affected in one way or another and we would like to give something back, share in some smiles and enjoy some cake!

Ivy Lodge has received a ‘Good’ rating in latest inspection.

We are extremely pleased to share that Ivy Lodge has received an Ofsted rating of Good at its latest inspection. Comments from the inspection included:

‘”The house is large and feels warm and happy. Staff and children have fun together and enjoy shared laughter. Children actively engage in lively conversations with staff, who respond in kind. When children go to staff, they know that they will be listened to.”

“Professional relationships are valued. Feedback from a social worker was positive. They stated that communication with the staff is very good and that their child is the most settled since they came into care.

A massive congratulations to Clayton and the team at Ivy!

    Ivy Lodge were visited by The Food Standards Agency on the 24th  November 2022. We are pleased and proud to be able to say we received a food hygiene rating of 5!

    5 is the top of the scale, this means the hygiene standards are very good and fully comply with the law.

    To get the top rating, businesses must do well in all three elements which are.

    1. How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
    2. The physical condition of the business –including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, pest control and other facilities
    3. How the business manages ways of keeping food safe, looking at processes, training and systems to ensure good hygiene is maintained. The officer can then assess the level of confidence in standards being maintained in the future.

    Parkview Education are pleased to announce our new provision, Maple Tree Primary School has now been registered by the DfE and is ready to receive new pupils.

    Maple Tree Primary School is a beautiful school standing within its own grounds, designed to provide pupils with the opportunities they may otherwise not be offered in larger mainstream settings. Our bright, spacious classrooms offer excellent learning environments for pupils with SEMH and associated learning needs.

    Our newly appointed staff led by Teacher in Charge, Laura Stubbs, offer a wealth of experience with a child focused approach at the forefront of their teaching. Maple Tree Primary will provide education placements for pupils in key stage 2 (ages 7 – 11).

    Maple Tree Primary School provides a nurturing and welcoming environment with a high staff ratio to support those finding their own learning styles by offering small class sizes, 1-1 tuition if required, routines, and boundaries. The school will build on the exceptional reputation of our established secondary school, offering pupils a great start in life.

    The staff at Parkview Academy are not shy of getting involved when it comes to dressing up or taking part in activities.

    They recently created a murder mystery day, where the staff dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland and the students were given clues to help them discover ‘who did it’.

    It was an eventful day where students were set specific tasks, such as screaming ‘there has been a murder’, finding props and clues and one student was tasked with photo bombing any photos that were being taken that day.

    This promoted team work as the students worked in teams of 3 and it really brought confidence to the group. A huge thank you to Terri for all of her hard work and efforts in organising this fantastic event.

    You may also remember our news story around the staff dressing up for a Halloween themed coffee morning and pyjama day where they raised £282.49 for Alzheimer’s UK, a charity chosen by the students.

    If you would like to join our amazing team, where every day is different, we have Learning Support Assistant roles and Teacher roles available at Parkview Academy.

    Please click here to apply.

    At Parkview we pride ourselves on developing our young people’s feelings of security.

    The progress that they make enables them to look outwards and to be sensitive to the needs of others. Our young people become involved in causes helping other children to make progress.

    The recent traumatic events in the world are no exception and all of our homes have been exploring the devastation in the news. We have asked our young people to produce ideas to help and all of our young people were given a budget to support the shoe box appeal.

    Our young people went with staff to gather a wide variety of items to make up shoe boxes which they have taken to drop-off points for supplies to be taken to those in desperate need in the Ukraine.

    Well done to all of our young people for thinking of others and putting bits together to support those in the Ukraine.  

    A massive congratulations to Rachel and her team at Primrose House who have recently received their Ofsted Registration.

    We would like to celebrate this news by telling you all about our fantastic, newly registered, manager, Rachel, who joined the Parkview family in the summer.

    Rachel has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in residential childcare. Rachel has worked in the care sector for 8 years now and has a national higher diploma in nursing studies as well as a level 3 in working with children and young people. Rachel began her career in children’s residential as a support worker and has held the position of team leader, deputy manager, and an independent reviewing officer for children’s services. Rachel puts a real focus on creating a safe and supportive environment, full of learning opportunities for her young people and staff alike.  

    We wish Rachel and her team all the best as they grow and develop Primrose House to a home.

    A massive Happy Birthday to R at one of our homes who today celebrated her sweet 16th.

    The entire team got together to surprise R after school with a lovely meal with far too much cake for dessert! 

    R has been so grateful for all of her lovely presents including a trip to a spa for this weekend. On top of this our managing director chatted with R and provided her with a gift voucher for some retail therapy.

    Thank you so much to our incredible team for giving R the birthday she deserved!

    If you would like to come and join our Parkview family and truly shape the lives of young people please follow the link below! 

    A massive congratulations to Clayton, Tiffany, and their dedicated team at Ivy lodge as well as of course our young people who this week had their interim Ofsted inspection.

    The feedback truly reflected the positive outcomes being achieved in the home by our incredible team which has resulted in improved effectiveness being received by the home.

    Focus points of the feedback included:

    • The young people express feeling happy and safe in the home.
    • Risk assessments are robust and hold external agencies accountable to their roles.
    • The home advocates for the needs of its young people and effective challenges agencies who they feel have not fulfilled their role.  
    • Training provided to the team is focused and relevant to the needs of young people.
    • Care plans provide support and guidance to the team and share the views of the young people which is linked to targeted key working and interventions.
    • Supervision of the team and manager is regular. Supervision provides focus and development to staff which improves outcomes for the young people.

    We could not be prouder of our team and young people at Ivy lodge, and we look forward to your full inspection in the next cycle.