Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Former head opens £300,000 lower school

A NEW lower school building at Shiplake College has been opened.

A NEW lower school building at Shiplake College has been opened.

Dozens of pupils, parents and teachers attended the official ceremony on Friday.

Simon Cane Hardy, the college’s previous head of lower school, returned from his new job as a housemaster at Pangbourne College to unveil a plaque.

A group of 16 pupils from the lower school’s first intake, who are now in year 10, cut the ribbon.

Twelve year 7 and 8 students played a brass fanfare composed by the college’s director of music Paul Jones.

They then played an instrumental version of the Sixties soul song Mercy Mercy.

The £300,000 centre, which was completed in September, houses up to 50 day pupils in years 7 and 8. Construction began in February last year and finished in September.

It has a kitchen, two study rooms for each year group and a day room with a small library and computers. The college opened its lower school in a disused sixth-form girls’ house in 2009. It started with just 18 pupils but has more than doubled in size.

The new building is an extension of the college’s old music block. Its footprint has doubled to 300 sqft and it has an extra storey.

Headmaster Gregg Davies said: “Since we opened lower school there has been a marked improvement in the academic skills required for GCSEs.

“The boys are academically better equipped for exam courses than many who arrive at Shiplake from elsewhere.”

Demand for places at the lower school is increasing. There were 56 applicants for 27 vacancies this year.

The college now has almost 400 pupils aged 11 to 18.

A GROUP of leading care providers and associations has announced plans for a country-wide care home open day to be held next Friday, June 21.

The idea behind the day will be to encourage people from the local community to go into their local care homes and make contact with the residents and find out more about the services on offer.

It is hoped that as many care homes in the UK as possible will join in with the event, which is open to every home, regardless of whether it is council-run or independent.

The participating homes are free to put on any activities that they think will attract members of their local community into their homes. The English Community Care Association, which has organised the event, is looking forward to dispelling some of the myths about residential care and showing local people what excellent services are at the heart of their community.

The ECCA, which covers groups in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing appropriate care.

For more information about the association, their members and events, visit their website at www.ecca.org.uk

IN visiting Huntercombe Hall, guests will be taking a short journey through its unique and varied history.

Located in the charming village of Nuffield, this Victorian manor house now provides a stunning backdrop for the provision of the highest level of residential, nursing and specialist dementia care.

The home benefits from a peaceful location in the beautiful surrounds of idyllic Oxfordshire, ensuring specialist care and support in enviable surroundings. Within the home, all of the bedrooms are tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard, each complete with ensuite facilities. Residents can relax in the panelled library, or enjoy views from the conservatory over the large landscaped gardens, which offer a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the attractive surroundings or take part in the regular outdoor activities.

Huntercombe Hall offers a range of short-term respite, convalescent and permanent care packages.

The set-up of the home provides a true care pathway and the reassurance that their highly-trained team have experience in providing residential, nursing and specialist dementia care in one location.

The home’s dedicated dementia wing is ideally equipped to provide residential support for elderly people living with different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Korsacoff’s syndrome.

Led by the home manager and registered nurse, the Huntercombe Hall care staff receive ongoing training, which enables them to build on the excellent reputation the home has earned for high quality care provision.

STAFF and residents at Thamesfield retirement village have an exciting day of activities planned for National Care Home Open Day on Friday, June 21.

In support of the countrywide initiative, the age-exclusive village on Wargrave Road will be opening its doors to the local community for the day and demonstrating the superior level of support and range of care it offers. Visitors will experience a typical day at Thamesfield; chatting with residents about current affairs over a cup of coffee, battling it out at bowls and trying their hand at mosaic making.

Staff will be on hand throughout the day to show guests around the facilities, explain more about the retirement village’s lifestyle and answer any questions. For those looking to find out more about the living options available at Thamesfield, there will also be the opportunity to take a tour of the village grounds and view some of the properties currently available. For more information and to make an appointment, please call 0845 521 1857 or visit www.thamesfield.co.uk

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