We are very proud of our school and its many successes in all aspects of school life. I hope as you explore our website that it will give you a clear insight into the life and work of our school and show you how the philosophy of our school with its strong commitment to high standards and its emphasis on developing each individual’s academic, social and personal potential to the full, impacts on everything we do.
We consider that our school is a very happy and dynamic place to learn in. Our staff work extremely hard to achieve excellent standards of teaching and learning and continually review and reflect on their work in order to meet the needs of each individual. We place great emphasis on the need for each child to develop the skills to be confident, adaptable, independent and self disciplined learners within a learning environment that celebrates success, promotes thinking and enables children to feel happy and secure. Our most recent Ofsted report (Education 2014, Residential Care January 2017) acknowledged our many strengths and high standards. All members of our school community are actively encouraged to work together to meet the aims of our school and to ensure that each child receives the best possible education here, developing the skills and attitudes to continue learning as a life-long activity.
Skilts is a Residential Special School for primary age boys (National Curriculum Years 1-6; ages 5-11 years old) with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties with associated learning difficulties. We are situated just outside Redditch in Worcestershire. The school is approximately 5 miles from the Birmingham boundary and is controlled by Birmingham Local Authority. We are open on weekdays and term time only, having a structure to currently support 80 pupils in the school day and 30 pupils each residential night.
We offer residential placement for up to 4 nights a week (hence pupils can stay 1, 2,3 or 4 nights, dependent upon their needs). Pupils have a wide variety of abilities from P Scales to Level 3-4, having general, rather than specific learning difficulties.
Skilts Charity Trust, like many charities, relies on people’s generosity. People give in many ways and it’s not only cash: many give up their time to volunteer or sponsor an event held by the Trust. We call these amazing people ’Friends of Skilts’.
Our Friends are enthusiastic, committed people that are willing to help children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
The Trust have been on the receiving end of the kindness of the Friends of Skilts ‘giving’ and it still amazes and humbles the Trust. This is why we support the friends that help our cause by introducing them with like-minded people.
Benefits for organisations
Many people want to volunteer or raise money, but can’t find time in their busy lives to do it—or may be scared to try an opportunity on their own. Participating in employer-sponsored activities allows employees the opportunity to do things where they don’t feel like they are taking time away from their work or families to help others, or trying to squeeze yet another item into their jam-packed schedules.
Benefits for individuals
Aiding the Trust can count towards your Duke of Edinburgh award which is valued by colleges, universities and future employers.