We’ve been sending ukuleles to two more location with the support of the James Brindley School in Birmingham. Here is some information about the sites and what happens there.
Willows is based at Parkview Clinic which is a provision for 35 inpatients who are being assessed and/or treated with serious mental health needs. Depending on the cohort of pupils at any time Key Stage (KS) 2, KS3, KS4, KS5 will be taught following a core curriculum.
Where their medical condition allows, pupils are taught in a small school environment which is separate from the Parkview building, on a full timetable with specialist teachers. When pupils are unable to access the teaching centre due to their level of risk or medical intervention pathway they are taught on one of the three wards. Depending on a pupil’s medical treatment, teaching takes place on the ward or at the centre, which is a short walk from the clinic.
All of the staff at Willows have experience working with young people with mental health conditions. They work closely with the ward staff, attending weekly ward rounds and CPA (Care Plan Approach) reviews in order to make sure that they are able to give pupils the best support possible.
Ardenleigh is a national 18 bedded medium secure forensic psychiatric unit (FCAMHS), accommodating secondary aged young people up to the age of nineteen. Pupils in Ardenleigh are detained under the Mental Health Act and have often committed an index offence.
James Brindley School provides education to the young people – inpatients for assessment and treatment of mental health issues such as depression, bi-polar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia. Being on site, James Brindley provides excellent education and vocational training opportunities to support the young people towards recovery.
Ardenleigh FCAMHS is an accredited ASC centre and as such the clinical and education teams work together to ensure that every aspect of care and education responds to the growing number of young people admitted with and Autistic Spectrum Condition. The Centre for Learning within Ardenleigh has recently acquired the status of a Certificate of Quality of Autism Provision.