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Calder Lodge School provides places for up to 48 pupils aged 5 to 11. The policy of Calder Lodge School is that the same procedure is followed in respect of all pupils referred by Local Authorities for placement.  The school caters for pupils with education health care plans related to social-emotional and mental health difficulties and will consider pupils from 5 to 11 subject to a successful interview process.

Admission Criteria

  • Pupils will be aged between 5 and 11 years.
  • All pupils will have a EHCP.
  • The EHCP will specify that the pupil has SEMH needs or other additional needs.
  • Pupils may have specific or generalised learning difficulties.
  • There might be exceptional circumstances in which a pupil is admitted for a formal assessment by the LA.

Admissions Process

All pupils admitted to Calder Lodge School will have been initially referred by their LA.  If, after reviewing the information provided, the school believes that the pupil meets the admission criteria, arrangements will be made with the LA for the parents / carers and pupil to visit the school.  The interview will include a tour of the school and a meeting at which the school policies and curriculum are discussed.  Visitors will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.  Parents / carers also have a chance to view the school while it is in session, ask questions and gain as much information as possible.  Similarly they need to feel positive about the prospect of their son or charge attending Calder Lodge School.  The interview will be supported by a visit to the prospective pupil’s home by a member of the Senior Leadership Team where any additional matters can be discussed within the pupil’s home environment if deemed necessary.

If, following these visits, all concerned are agreed that the pupils’ needs can be met at the school and that the pupil and parent / carers are committed to the placement, arrangement will be made for admission.

The interview is a vitally important stage in the admission process.  It is an opportunity to find out more about the prospective pupil’s family placement, background, behaviours in the home setting and home area.  It is important to know if he has committed offences.  It is also an opportunity to get to know the pupil on a personal level.

It is crucial to ascertain the pupil’s response to the school and assess whether it is likely (s)he would “fit in”.  It is important that the pupil feels comfortable and responds positively to the school environment, having been shown around by a pupil / staff member.  A pupil handbook provides information about the school to take away.  Ultimately it is necessary for the interviewee to want to be in school, and to feel positive about a future at Calder Lodge School.  Should the prospective pupil be particularly negative about the school and future attendance, a further visit can be planned or the application withdrawn by mutual agreement.

Should agreement be reached, a place will be offered at the request of the LA.

The school will provide each pupil a pupil handbook, a school uniform and there will be an induction process.

The school will provide to each parent / carer details of Calder Lodge School and a school prospectus. An admissions register is maintained by the school as per DfE regulations.

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Judges’ Lodgings

Oakenclough Class enjoyed a trip to Judges’ Lodgings, in Lancaster. Judges’ Lodgings dates back nearly 400 years on a site that has been at the centre of Lancaster’s history for nearly 2000 years. The children immersed themselves in history, when they were able to experience what school was like in the Victorian era. They saw real […]

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Caton moor wind farms

As part of the Science topic in Calder class which is circuits andconduction. Calder class took a trip to Caton Moors Windmill Farm onTuesday 30th January. Calder class put on their wellies and enjoyed a walk around the windmill farm discussing how electricity is created by them.

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Fantastic farming at Farmer Parrs

This term Parlick’s Topic is Long Ago in class we have been exploring images and videos of homes from the past. Identifying how the homes and lives differ from our own. For our class trip we travelled to Farmer Parrs to explore their Fylde Country Life Museum. The children were so excited to explore the […]

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Cultural Capital trip to Half Moon Bay

Oakenclough Class enjoyed a Cultural Capital trip to Half Moon Bay, Heysham, to ease them gently into the new term. The children took this as an opportunity to reconnect with each other, since returning after a school break. They enjoyed working in teams to collect sea glass and to see if they could identify different sea […]

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Jump Maniax

Thursday saw our final trip of the week to Jump Maniax. The children, and staff, had a whale of a time on the huge inflatables. Lots of very tired children returned to school after lots of fun.

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Chill factore winter wipe-out

On Wednesday the children experienced snow play at Chill Factore, they wrapped up warm and had fun in the snow, whizzing down the slopes on the doughnuts, making snowballs and generally having a fab time.

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Chocolatiers for the day

On Tuesday some pupils went to Carnforth to become chocolatiers for the day. They sampled delicious chocolate and made some yummy treats to bring home.

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Meeting Rudolph at Ribby Hall

On Monday some children ventured to Ribby Hall to meet Rudolph and feed the reindeers. They had the opportunity to spend time in the Elf Workshop creating an array of Christmas crafts.

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Visiting our elders in the community this Christmas.

We made links in our local community on Wednesday 13th of December when we visited the residents of Cornmill Nursing Home in Garstang. We worked with the residents to make Christmas tree decorations out of air dry clay. They were very pleased to see us and receive our help on their arts & crafts morning. […]

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Christmas craft share.

Every year at Calder Lodge the pupils make each other Christmas crafts as presents. Each class makes a particular craft which is then brought together for the Calder Lodge mini Christmas market. On the last day of school before the Christmas holidays the pupils enjoy choosing their crafts and sharing their achievements with each other.

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Highest point Big Christmas Day Out.

Calder Lodge School had the pleasure of being invited to take part in the Christmas art competition at this years Big Christmas day out in Williamson’s park, Lancaster. The art work was judged by the Major of Lancaster with a winner being picked from each school and an overall winner. Many of our pupils entered […]

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“Be kind” initiative headteacher reward.

On Thursday 14th of December as a reward for our ‘can you spot me being kind’ initiative, the children who had received the highest number of recognition stars within their class visited Pizza Hut with Mrs Farnworth, Mrs Huddleston & Mr Melville. The children, and staff, were very excited by this trip and a place […]

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