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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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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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