In order to qualify for a place in residence, pupils need to meet one or more of the following criteria:
1. Pupils must be capable of using the staircases and toilet/bathing facilities as there are no disabled facilities provided.
2. Pupils must not present a physical threat to staff or other pupils through violent behaviour. Neither should they present an unacceptable threat to themselves through self harming or by putting themselves at risk through dangerous acts.
3. Pupils who need to learn basic self-help and independence skills. These could include toileting and washing, personal hygiene, dressing, table manners and feeding etc, care of personal possessions, and personal and road safety.
4. Pupils who need help to manage emotional and behavioural problems. This could be either challenging behaviour where pupils are unable to recognise or adhere to rules or boundaries, or where they are able to operate as part of a peer group without causing friction or disharmony. It could also mean emotional difficulties where pupils cannot manage or express their feelings properly, or where they are unable to relate to other people, especially peers in any meaningful way.
5. Pupils who are working towards a particular school based, curriculum activity such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award which involves community based tasks, off-site adventurous activities, physical activities or recreational” hobby” activities. Such activities frequently lead towards an externally accredited qualification and it is considered that the pupils’ chances of achieving that award or qualification would otherwise be limited. To help a child to improve their educational levels or standards.
6. Pupils who need to gain higher order independence training which will prepare them for an independent adult life. These could include appropriate use of leisure time, independent travelling, understanding of, and assisting with the wider community, self catering and shopping and self help skills such as laundry.
7. To allow pupils access to a wide and varied range of opportunities and experiences which would not normally be available to the young person in their home lives.