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“Calder Lodge and the staff have completely changed my child not only in education but also at home. He is calmer, more settled, sleeping better and he now looks forward to going to school. I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for my son in the short time he has been there and I look forward to seeing more changes and improvement in my child’s learning and behaviour when he returns in September.”

Parent Survey 2020

“I like that the teachers are all really kind.”

Pupil comment Summer 2020.

“Excellent school! This is evident in the effective communication we receive from the school, *******’s progress in education, his improved behaviour, and his personal development is outstanding. Calder Lodge is very impressive in all areas.”

Parent Survey 2021

“I like the work. I feel calm. I have made friends.”

Pupil comment Autumn 2023.

“We are extremely happy with the school”

Parent Survey 2022

“Made me enjoy learning again….”

Pupil comment Autumn 2023.

“Since my boy has been at Calder lodge he has improved massively with all aspects of learning, best decision I ever made was this school”

Parent Survey 2023.

“The school has brought my son on leaps and bounds, his reading and writing has come on so well.” 

Parent comment 2023

I wanted to send this email to say how grateful I am that ***** attends Calder Lodge and what a positive impact it has already made for him. ****** joined Calder Lodge school on the 21st September 23 after being out of education since January 23. With his needs not being met in mainstream which then led to a very negative view of school life, I was nervous for him to start with yourselves. I needn’t have worried at all as ****** has now changed from the boy who “hated school” to now asking if he can attend school at weekends and holidays!
****** was welcomed into school by all the fantastic staff and for the first Time has even made a little best friend! He openly talks about his school day with enthusiasm which includes the staff who have worked with him on that day. This ranges from playing the ukulele, building train tracks to using a saw and swimming! He is especially thrilled to be able to play football with the bigger children as he has a love of all sports! The staff have also recognised how gifted he is in this area and was able to signpost me to an SEN football club at weekends which he now enjoys and I wouldn’t have known existed without their input.

Parent email Autumn 2023.

What’s good about Calder Lodge?

I like swimming. I like the food. I like only 8 in my class. I understand my work. I like my keyworkers. I get rewarded for good behaviour.

Calder Lodge has changed me because…….

I stay in class. I do more work. I try more food. My behaviour is better.

Pupil survey Autumn 2023.

Before attending Calder Lodge, ******** was struggling to cope in mainstream schooling where they were unable to meet her specific needs. This resulted in ******** feeling very anxious and upset to go to school, she struggled with emotional regulation resulting in many meltdowns and negative behaviours both in school and at home. ******** would have to be removed from class on a daily basis and sometimes would have to be removed from school. This had a negative impact on her access to learning and so no progress was being made. 

Since attending Calder Lodge, ******** settled pretty quickly and over time meltdowns and negative behaviours became less frequent, to pretty much non-existent at home, she was able to form strong bonds with her teachers and has learnt over time how to manage her emotions. She is so much happier within herself and her self confidence soars. Learning progress is slow due to her cognitive delays and difficulties, but there is now progress as she has full access to learning. One thing that stands out to me is her progress with reading, she is doing fantastic with this!

Overall removing ******** from mainstream schooling and attending Calder Lodge has been the best decision made for ********, the school has had a massive positive impact on her. 

Parent email Autumn 2020.

“I can talk more about my feelings to my keyworker at this school”

Pupil survey Autumn 2023.

Our experience of Calder Lodge has been exceptional. The teachers are truly invested in my child’s education and his personal growth. Adjustments are made as needed to meet the needs of my child. Small class sizes and levelled learning have enabled my child to gain confidence in his learning abilities.

Though Calder Lodge is a small school, it allows for a lower student to teacher ratio, giving children more confidence when asking questions, engage in group activities, and opportunities for one-on-one time with the teachers.

Parent contact is crucial, the school ensures through various methods that we are kept informed of our child’s progress, through telephone calls, parent teacher meetings, half termly reports and by the driver who collects and returns our child home from the school (who is also a member of the school teaching team.)  

Long term parent response Autumn 2023.

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Norman conquest at Beacon fell

We visited Beacon Fell to participate in some longer distance walking and a game of capture the flag. We chose these activities because the Normans had to walk long distances and then then be prepared to battle. The students really enjoyed exploring and walking, where they all shared a laugh and demonstrated enjoyment throughout. When […]

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Tapestry and Castle visit 

Bleasdale class went on an education visit to look at some examples of Tapestry and for a walk around Kendal Castle. Completing these 2 activities creates a strong link to the class project about 1066. Whilst at the Tapestry the students became familiar with how each image told a story but most importantly they can […]

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Archery and 1066

21.05.24 We went to visit an outdoor education facility called Waddicar to participate in archery. In class we have been looking and learning about some of the weapons used in 1066 and having them join in an activity which is related to 1066 seemed like a great idea. The students all had a go at […]

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Epic quest at a rainy Hoghton bottoms

A fun quest was put forward to the pupils to fulfil at a wet Hoghton botttoms this included: Missions Tick when completed Walk passed the waterfall and find the magical boats Make the magical boats Man the magical boats Sail the boats over the waterfall If enough boats make it over the waterfall you will […]

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River studies at Scorton picnic site

Fairsnape class enjoyed a successful trip to the Scorton Picnic Site along the river. The students had a fantastic day filled with exploration and learning. Highlights included a guided nature walk where the children collected a list of pollution that they found on the way.  You will be pleased to know not much pollution was […]

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Nicky Nook class head to Cleveleys beach.

In our topic lessons we have been learning all about the Coastlines of the UK and have explored human and physical geography. On our trip to Cleveleys Beach we observed the coastline and spoke about erosion. Children discussed why there was a wall built – so to protect the town from when the tide comes […]

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Mission to outer space!

Oakenclough class enjoyed a trip to Longridge Observatories where they were able to go on a mission to outer space. The children were able to witness the observatory open up to expose the sky, where they could see the telescope move automatically to point towards specific stars and planets. The final part of their journey […]

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Adventure swim

On Monday 25th March we visited Ribby Hall to use their swimming facilities. On the way there all the students were in good spirits, as some of them sang songs from the radio and they were all very happy. When we arrived they all demonstrated great behaviour by following all instructions and they all managed […]

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Muck, Mess and Mixture

Potters Barn Cafe. During our last Spring Cultural Capital trip children were able to show their artistic side! At Potters Barn Cafe children were given the opportunity to choose their own dog figure or egg cup to decorate. They used previous skills, as well as learning new ones, using various techniques and brushes to create […]

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Pupils in a Calder class having fun with Literacy.

Pupils enjoying collaborative literacy work.

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Getting ready for the growing season

Pupils have been getting ready for the growing season down in our forest dell. We give the plants a headstart in our greenhouse.

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Clay designs in Fairsnape class

Pupils recreated stone age artifacts using clay as part of their topic.

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