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MP Stephen Gethins pays a visit to FHS

Today, staff and pupils at Falkland House School will host a visit from MP Stephen Gethins.

The school, which recently received excellent marks in a combined inspection by the Care Inspectorate and HMIE, is highly praised by pupils and parents alike. Pupils with additional support needs are given the opportunity to learn in ways that really help them to succeed academically. They take part in a number of exciting extracurricular activities out with the classroom, and have the chance to take part in work placements which help the boys to prepare themselves for life after school. The boys are very excited to meet Mr Gethins, and they can’t wait to give him a tour of their classrooms and tell him about their current studies.

Director of Falkland House School, Stuart Jacob said ‘We are delighted to welcome Mr Gethins to our school to meet with the pupils and talk about some of our current projects. Falkland House School prides itself on achieving excellence across the board. The standard of care and learning experiences we provide our pupils is second to none, and it’s great for visitors to the school to be able to experience this first hand.’

As well as being one of the first independent schools in Scotland to gain recognition by the Autism Socety, Falkland House School also holds the UNICED Rights Respecting School Award. This award recognises Falkland House’s continued commitment to putting the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child at the heart of the schools planning, policies, practice and ethics

 

 

 

Celebrating our successes

On Thursday we invited parents and friends of Falkland House to come along and celebrate the successes of the year with us. The day included an awards presentation, a movie showcasing some of the highlights of 2015 so far and chef prepared a delicious buffet for our guests.

Each of the boys were recognised for their own individual achievement, awards included best employee of the year, a consistently meeting targets award and peer supporter award.  As if that wasn’t enough we then had presentations for the many events the pupils have been taking part in all year this included a pool league, golf league and chess competition. We were proud to celebrate three of the pupils who have trained with the Dunfermline Table tennis club and earned a place each on the Scottish Table Tennis Rankings. Three of our senior boys were recognised for their fantastic efforts at army cadets and we were delighted to have Roy Steele our karate instructor attend and present awards to the pupils taking part in karate. A highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the Sportsman of the Year. The staff and pupils had a secret ballot to vote on this accolade and ultimately Kieran was thrilled to be presented with the trophy.

All the families and professionals who attended loved the video presentation which captured some of the highlights of the year including visits from Annabelle Ewing Scottish minister for youth employment and Lord and Lady Hope. They also got to see some of the projects the boys are involved in including the log cabin construction, ground care projects as well as some of the work we have been involved in with some of our local community partners including the Falkland Palace and Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm.

The boys were in high spirits at the end of a busy year and ready to enjoy their summer holidays.

FHS AWARDED FIFE DECORATIVE ARTS SOCIETY FUNDING

FHS AWARDED FIFE DECORATIVE ARTS SOCIETY FUNDING

FHS AWARDED FIFE DECORATIVE ARTS SOCIETY FUNDING Falkland House School has been awarded £500 by Fife Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Fife DFAS).

The School will use the fund to support various art projects currently being undertaken by pupils. Fife DFAS was established in 1994 and is one of the largest arts societies in Scotland, attracting members from the River Tay to the River Forth, from St. Andrews to the East Neuk, from Kirkcaldy to Culross and beyond.

 

The group is part of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, a leading charity with 90,000 members worldwide, which promotes and preserves the Arts through lectures, events, study days, visits and tours, many to places not generally open to the public. Commenting on the award, Director of Falkland House School Stuart Jacob said; “I cannot thank the Society enough for this funding.

At Falkland House School we believe it is vitally important that our pupils have the chance to be creative and express themselves artistically. Art and music have always been a big part of our curriculum and something I know all the boys enjoy. “We intend to use this money to boost the number and scale of arts projects currently being undertaken by pupils and to invest in improved arts equipment for the School.” Alongside the donation to Falkland House School, the Society is also funding two awards for students undertaking Art and Media Masters Programmes at Dundee University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art

Fife school secures UN award


Falkland House School in Fife, which specialises in the education of boys who require additional learning support, has been awarded a top United Nations award and become one of the first independent schools in Scotland to receive the accolade.

The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.

 

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children, working in over 190 countries and is the largest global organisation working specifically for children and their rights.

The CRC is a comprehensive human rights treaty that enshrines specific children’s rights in international law. These rights define universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide no matter who they are or where they live – to grow up safe, happy and healthy.

A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day. The whole school learns about the CRC as well as empowering children to become active citizens and learners.

 

Children and young people in rights-respecting schools develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice.

The award follows on the back of the school being awarded nine Excellents and one Very Good by the Care Inspectorate last month, making Falkland House the highest rated educational establishment of its type across Scotland.

Falkland House School care worker, Maj Yule, who co-ordinated the scheme for the school said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Falkland House School has been awarded this UNICEF accolade, following so quickly on from being judged Excellent by the Care Inspectorate in nine out of ten categories. This UNICEF award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff here at Falkland House, enshrining the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of our ethos and empowering the pupils to be active citizens and learners with a strong sense of the need to act for global justice.”

Seminar Success!

The latest thinking on dealing with Autism and ADHD in children and young people

An innovative seminar on Autism and ADHD in children and young people last week brought together leading experts, parents and those from the fields of social work, education and health.

The seminar, held at Falkland House School, attracted an audience of 80 people and was chaired by the Herald journalist Stephen Naysmith. Speakers at the event included writer and educational consultant Bill Colley and internationally renowned scientist Dr Alex Richardson, who discussed the effect of nutrition on behaviour, learning and mood in relation to ADHD, dyslexia, depression and schizophrenia.

Gillian Taylor, whose son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 5 and currently attends Falkland House School, also spoke about the difficulties she faced when trying to find a school which supported her as well as her child.

Speaking after the event Stuart Jacob, Director of Falkland House School, said;

“I would like to thank everyone who attended the seminar, especially the event’s speakers. I’m delighted that the day proved so popular – I think we could have held three seminars with the level of interest we’ve received.

“The speakers were fantastic and provided real insight into Autism and ADHD, including the causes of these complex conditions and how to deal with the often resultant challenging behaviour.”

“We were thrilled to be able to hold the seminar at Falkland House School and we are now actively looking to organise more events in the future.”

Falkland House School specialises in the education of boys who require additional support. As the first independent school in Scotland to be awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society, it provides special integrated education to boys with ASD, as well as those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome.

Latest Grading from the Care Inspectorate

Please find below the grades for the 10 Quality Statements in which the school has been inspected.

We ensure that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of care and support provided by the service.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We ensure that service user’s health and wellbeing needs are met.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We ensure that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of the environment within the service.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We make sure that the environment is safe and service users are protected.

Grade:           Very Good (28/08/2012)

The environment allows service users to have as positive a quality of life as possible.

Grade:           Excellent (15/09/2010)

We ensure that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of staffing in the service.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We are confident that our staff have been recruited, and inducted, in a safe and robust manner to protect service users and staff.

Grade:           Excellent (29/01/2010)

We have a professional, trained and motivated workforce which operates to National Care Standards, legislation and best practice.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We ensure that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of the management and leadership of the service.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We use quality assurance systems and processes which involve service users, carers, staff and stakeholders to assess the quality of the service we provide.

Grade:           Very Good (28/08/2012)

View our latest report in full here

 

Autism Accreditation

Falkland House School has become the first independent school in Scotland to be awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society.
In order to achieve this recognition the school was tasked with providing evidence to the National Autistic Society that:

  • we have a specialist knowledge and understanding of autism.
  • the knowledge and understanding of autism consistently informs the school, the resources and management of the school.
  • the knowledge and understanding of autism consistently informs the assessment and support plans for the pupils.
  • the knowledge and understanding of autism consistently informs all aspects of practice.

 

Between January 2011 and June 2012 we engaged in a lengthy process of self-evaluation against the 27 standards set by experts in the field of autism. These were split into 15 core standards and 12 specialist residential school standards. This evidence was submitted to the National Autistic Society prior to the formal review of the school which took place in early August 2012. The findings of the review team were scrutinised by an independent panel in November before a final recommendation was made.
The National Autistic Society’s standards are unique in the fact that no other organisation in the world has developed such detailed and comprehensive standards for the education and care of people with autism. In a media response Dr Robert Moffat, National Director of the National Autistic Society Scotland said “The National Autistic Society Scotland welcomes news of the high quality standards achieved by Falkland House School.”
In the report written by the Award Panel the strengths of the school were highlighted as:

  • Healthcare Needs – in particular promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Transition – the detailed and person-centred approach resulting in successful transitions for pupils leaving Falkland House School
  • Community Participation – increasing pupils’ independence and supporting successful inclusion in their home locality
  • Communication – the whole-school comprehensive approach to the promotion of ‘pupil voice’.
  • The areas for development which will be included in the 2013 School Improvement Plan are:
  • Developing a School Curriculum Policy
  • Further developing the Personal Learning Plans,
  • Further extending staff’s autism knowledge and understanding
  • Increasing the use of visual support to clarify expectations for pupils and promote independence.

 

Robert Pritchett, the Director of Autism Accreditation, will visit the school on 23rd January 2013 to present the school with the Autism Accreditation certificate.