For boys and girls aged 5 – 13
Greenfields is a residential therapeutic community and special school with nearly 15 years’ experience of providing specialist therapeutic care, education and treatment for a group of up to 10 children aged five to thirteen.
The home occupies a large detached Edwardian house with an extensive garden situated in a rural location near the village of Biddenden in the heart of Kent.
We specialize in the treatment of children who present with severe emotional, psychological and behavioural problems including sexualized and other disturbing behaviours as a result of attachment difficulties rooted in early life trauma and abuse.
Through the use of our unique Integrated Systemic Therapy, which focuses on healing trauma and enabling healthy attachments and relationships, children achieve exceptional outcomes in every aspect of their lives.
Our staff are highly trained to enable children to work through their experiences of past trauma in a safe and comfortable environment designed for group living and learning.
We combine individual therapy with a strong group-based culture which helps children engage with their difficulties, and support one another in recovering and achieving their potential. We aim to create a therapeutic environment in which we work with the children enabling them to live together, learn and heal. We place much emphasis on caring and thoughtful relationships and creating a sense of belonging.
Education at Greenfields School
Greenfields School offers an holistic and creative curriculum at KS2 through which individual subjects of the National Curriculum are integrated and interwoven. We are in the process of developing the provision to provide National Curriculum plus at KS3 from September 2016. We provide our children with sporting opportunities, educational trips, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities to engage and enthuse them to achieve their potential. Classes are small, allowing individual attention for each child. At the most recent Greenfields School inspection, a number of areas of provision were singled out as noteworthy for praise:
- the needs of individual pupils are understood very well and catered for effectively through good teaching
- the therapeutic nature of the community within which the school operates has a strong impact on the personal development of pupils and their readiness to learn
- a major strength of teaching is the extent to which the staff understand the pupils’ current level of attainment, their preferred learning styles and the most appropriate pairings with teachers and learning assistants
- pupils enjoy their learning and engage effectively with tasks and activities, sustaining their concentration well until tasks are completed
- effective strategies for the management of behaviour ensure that classrooms have a clear focus on learning and achievement
Families and Networks
Our dedicated Placement and Family Support worker is available to support the whole family and network of each child in our care. Working together, we aim to promote the recovery of both the child and, where possible, the family. Where a child’s next placement is fostering or adoption, we work closely with all concerned to prepare the child and the family, and to ensure that the fostering or adoption placement is a success.
When it is time for a child to move on, the Placement and Family Support worker helps the family and network think and plan each step. Some children may continue with part of their treatment: staying on at school, continuing with therapy and family support at home, for example. Others may move on completely, but may need a more intensive package of support. We are able to tailor what we provide to each individual.
Initial telephone conversation to result in request for relevant documentation, such as, detailed chronology, psychological/psychiatric reports and copy of statement of SEN etc.
- Visit to Greenfields House and School to be arranged for all parties concerned with child to consider all aspects of placement.
- If all agree to proceed, Director to visit child.
- Child to visit Greenfields and meet both staff and children.
- Arrival date to be agreed.