The Forum School

 

Dan Pitt Principal

Principal

Daniel Pitt

I am delighted to be the Principal at The Forum School and never cease to be inspired by our opportunity to achieve ambitious and significant outcomes for  our your people. We do this through our dedicated and diverse professional teams, superb facilities and beautiful, extensive grounds of 28 acres. I am blessed to see such an abundance of passion, knowledge and skill across the whole team and witness incredible examples of excellent care and education as I regularly travel our homes and school.

 

Each young person at The Forum School engages with a waking day curriculum and benefits from the support and direction of professionals in care, education and extensive therapy input. Everyone works tirelessly to enable our young people to reach their personal best. We achieve this through focus on the independence, confidence, dignity and self-esteem of each young person. There are 3 separate curriculum pathways with clear end points: Pathway to Active Lives, Pathway to Community Living and Pathway to Employment.

 

Each young person’s personalised curriculum places an emphasis on addressing the core characteristics and challenges associated with autism by offering a comprehensive educational programme designed to promote social communication, language, literacy, problem solving and self-management of behaviour and emotions.

 

It’s all achieved through strong and healthy relationships that grow between our staff and young people. It is clear our team know our young people well and have a genuine deep care for their well-being. As I said, I am delighted to be here: it is clear to see why.

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Adrian Gyles

Head of Education

Adrian Gyles

Telephone: 01258 860295

"I am delighted to be Head of Education here at The Forum School  as it is a wonderful school and home for children and young people, with passion and inclusion at its heart.

 

My vision is to give every student at the school exceptional learning experiences to enable them to fulfil their ambitions and to open the pathways they need to succeed. Every student here has the ability to do amazing things and we will unlock these hidden talents to allow the students to flourish in whatever pathways they choose. I have a profound belief that every student has the right to progressive education and the highly experienced and supportive team within the school community work exceptionally hard to deliver this vision.

 

I’ve been a school leader since 2006 both within mainstream education and the special education sector. I have extensive knowledge of the autistic spectrum as well as learners with social, emotional and mental health needs. I am totally committed to safeguarding children and how the school can ensure every learner is safe and successful.

 

I have a strong connection to helping communities, being involved in community and charity theatre projects as a Trustee and volunteer, this drives my continued ambition for the school to be a learning zone for the whole community as well as students and families."

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Kerry Byron

Care Services Manager

Kerry Byron

Telephone: 01258 860295

"I have worked at the school for 18 years and have been the Registered Manager for the last two. I oversee the children's home within the school and am dedicated to working with our care staff team to support our children and young people to grow and develop. I fully appreciate that leaving your child in the trust of other adults is a challenging time and therefore we strive to ensure that good relationships are built with all parents and work to ensure that key information is communicated to you.

 

I recognise and promote that for the majority of the year, if not all, this is the children's home and we are privileged to be a part of their childhood. We recognise that each and every child at the school needs care and nurturing and we work with them and you to use individual strategies that best support their individual needs, thus striving to ensure they gain as much from their experience here as possible."

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Hannah Everard

Care Manager

Hannah Everard

Telephone: 01258 860295

"I am a Care Manager at The Forum School. I have worked at The Forum School for 15 years starting when I was just 18 years old.

 

Prior to starting at The Forum School I always enjoyed looking after children, helping them learn and grow and still do. I had a voluntary job at the local youth centre for 7 years, I did some peer mentoring and supported the young people in many areas from support with their foster care and families, activities, trips, relationships and friendships.  

 

My career at The Forum School started as a support worker and after completing my level 3 NVQ for caring for children and Young people (autism) I became a senior support worker. I then took the opportunity to become an assistant team manager and at the beginning of 2019 became one of The Forum School’s Care Managers. I love working at The Forum School and assuring the young people have a nurturing home environment to live in and thrive to achieve their personal best, enabling them to leave us with as many different skills as possible for their future as an adult."

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Mark Rogers

Care Manager

Mark Rogers

Telephone: 01258 860295

“I have worked in residential care settings since 1999 and have over 18 years of experience working with young people with an ASD diagnosis. My roles have included Support Worker, Assistant Team Manager, Team Manager and now Care Manager.

 

I am commmited to providing the highest quality care for young people and ensuring they have an environment which is supportive and nurturing.”

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Care Manager

Emma Fry

Telephone: 01258 860295

I have worked at the Forum School since 2002, starting as a Teaching Assistant, and then Night Deputy and Night Manager before moving to work in the Children’s Homes as Home Manager and now as Care Manager.  The reason I joined the school is that I believe that every child deserves the best care they can be given and I believe that the Forum school achieves this.  I am passionate about advocating for the young people as well as ensuring they reach their personal best through offering a wide range of meaningful, fun activities”

 

The School’s Development Plan and the Home’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) outlines development needs and ongoing progress of these.  On a termly basis, the governing body consisting of the Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor and representatives from departments including Estates, HR, Clinical and the School/Home meets to review progress and any shortfalls are identified. Further development areas are reviewed and agreed.

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Kev Coleman

Senior Behaviour Support Coordinator

Kev Coleman

Telephone: 01258 860295

“I have been working for the Cambian Group for 12 years, 9 of these have been based at The Forum School. In my time at the school I have worked both within care and education as a manager and a teaching assistant before becoming a trainer in delivering MAPA. This role has enabled me to both use my knowledge any gain greater knowledge of how behaviour impacts both our students and intern impacts staff’s understanding of behaviours that can challenge. I am very driven and focused of the need to be proactive in promoting positive behaviour and reduce the use of physical interventions.

 

In my time away from work I am a very proud dad and enjoy spending time with the family. Any spare time outside of this in enjoy exploring the Dorset coast looking for new places to fish.”

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Dawn Storey Clinical Lead

Clinical Specialist Lead (Nursing)

Dawn Storey

Telephone: 01258 860295

"I have been a Nurse for over 30 years, with experience working with adults and children and young people in a variety of settings, from hospital inpatient to community based. I have worked in Mental Health rehab services, Blood and Transplant, Care of the Elderly, Occupational Therapy Services and for the last 11 years in School Nursing, in Bedfordshire and now in Dorset. I have project managed and delivered innovative practise and am always looking to improve and maintain high standards of care in whichever setting I am working in.

 

School Nursing is my passion. I have determination to act as the voice of Young people to ensure it is heard and listened to in providing care to support them to maintain healthy lives and to facilitate treatment plans collaborated with the whole multi-disciplinary team and Parents, to be implemented when ill health arises.

 

It is a privilege to be in a place to Nurse the Children and Young people in our care at The Forum School and one I do not take lightly. I am particularly passionate that our CYP are cared for in an environment of excellence and that they are given every provision to support them to access healthcare in a timely and appropriate manner. Our CYP have additional needs which necessitate us all to be able to work together, to note any behaviours which may signify that they are unwell and in need of support and to provide a comfortable, safe environment for them to receive treatment.

 

I work alongside other Health Professionals to provide GP clinics, Paediatrician clinics, immunisation programmes, advice and support to staff, awareness sessions for anaphylaxis and epilepsy and the education needed to administer Epi pens and Buccolam. Maintaining oversight on general health needs, including liaising with specialist dental services and paediatric wards for treatments, outpatient clinics, social care staff, as well as addressing Public Health Agendas throughout the school. I am determined to provide our Young People with the best possible chance to be healthy and safe."

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General Enquiries

Email: ccs.referrals@cambiangroup.com

Telephone: 0161 507 3723

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Governance Board

Termly Governance Board meetings are held at The Forum School to ensure that the management of the school is closely scrutinised and held to account in all areas of responsibility.

 

The agenda comprises of:

 

✓ Voice of the Child - student feedback

 

✓ Head Teachers Highlight Report outlining achievements and challenges and progress against school improvement report

 

✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Care

 

✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Education

 

✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Therapy

 

✓ Commercial Performance

 

✓ Staffing and Personnel

 

✓ Estates Report

 

✓ IT report

 

The Governance Board contain key individuals from outside and within the school who attend this meeting each term and parental and staff feedback is always welcomed.