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College is divided into three, fully residential years. The main objective of Welburn College is to prepare young people for adult life through a waking-hours curriculum. The residential setting offers young people the opportunity to practice skills for independent living in a supported environment.

The amenities provided include a large common room, TV room, games room, fully equipped kitchen, accessible bathrooms and two self-contained flats. Welburn Hall also offers plentiful outside space as it is situated in extensive landscaped grounds that are frequently utilised by College students.

1st Year:

First years learn to live away from home by gradually settling into simple daily routines, which focus on personal independence skills. Students are asked to keep their own areas clean and tidy and are provided with the necessary level of support to achieve this.

2nd Year:

In the second year students build upon their existing skills by adding more complex tasks such as cooking their own meals, washing their own laundry and cleaning common areas and arranging on-site group activities.

3rd Year:

Third year students are expected to achieve a higher level of independence by spending periods of time living in the independence flats with a minimum level of supervision. Students arrange off site activities such as social events, meals out, bowling, walking excursions, shopping for household items and picnics.

Click Here for more information about the learning objectives for College Students in the residential setting.


Main School Pupils

Main school students who board at Welburn Hall will be part of the Family Group in the residential setting. The family group has a lounge and access to the games room and training kitchen, where the children are able to enjoy cooking activities and practice daily living skills.

Other activities the students may take part in could be using the onsite play equipment, craft, sports and many other activities that are chosen by the students and discussed in a daily student forum meeting. In the family group we also enjoy many offsite visits; we have been to restaurants, the cinema, the beach and Dalby forest.

Each student has a designated keyworker who is responsible for maintaining a care plan and working with the student to set their targets.  All care staff work together to support each student to reach their full potential.

Whilst boarding each student is encouraged to follow a personal care routine and is supported where necessary. We encourage our students to individualise their bed space in many ways such as posters, pictures, photos and some personal items. We aim to create a warm and friendly environment.


Home from Home

All boarding pupils are encouraged to have personal items at school and to put up posters, pictures and photographs in their own bed-space.  Most rooms have sinks and shared bathrooms.

For safeguarding reasons, pupils will not be allowed to bring any devices into school with internet access. We have an ‘Internet Café’, which is well resourced with PCs, laptops and tablets; and provides a suitably supervised setting for students to access the internet. This space is also used e-safety learning sessions.

Boarders (only) may bring in their mobile phone (one without internet access or a camera) but it should be switched off during the day and left in the House so as not to cause disturbance.

Lounges and communal areas are well equipped, having the usual games, crafts, computer equipment, CD players, and consoles, which young people would normally enjoy in their own home.



All pupils will be helped and directed to develop their own personal self care skills and to adopt appropriate social behaviours which recognise the needs of others.  The residential experience will be very much a continuing learning process which encourages pupils towards their full potential by providing good adult role models within a caring and friendly environment.

There is a coin operated telephone available to all pupils, and parents and friends can also telephone during the evening to speak with children on the same number – you will appreciate that this kiosk phone may not be answered before 5.30 p.m. (i.e. before the end of tea-time)  or after 9.45 p.m.


Night Care

Throughout the night all pupils are monitored and supervised by a dedicated team of staff. Two waking-night staff are immediately on hand, whilst three others sleep-in, (to be called on as required).  They are supported by senior staff on-call, who provide advice, decision-making and, where necessary, attendance. Pupils who may require medication, moving, toileting, or oversight for epilepsy are therefore well accommodated.



The overall residential provision at Welburn Hall is the responsibility of the Residential & Safeguarding Manager.  He is supported by Theresa Hunt, Senior Team Leader, who manages the day to day running of the service.

There are robust and regularly reviewed procedures and policies which ensure the highest standards of care. Safeguarding and child protection is a top priority.

The property is inspected regularly to meet stringent health and safety requirements.

It is a requirement under the National Minimum Standards for Residential Schools that we have Statement of Purpose which sets out specific details about our school.  Follow this link to read our Statement of Principles and Practice.


Click Here to Residential Care Policy

Click Here to read our Social Care Inspection reports.  

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