Outside Visits and Residential Trips

We are committed to taking our pupils out into the community both for day visits and longer residential stays.

Our pupils have enjoyed day visits to a local environmental centre to take part in story-telling and gardening, visits to a local zoo and fire station and also Christmas shopping in Mansfield.

Residential visits tend to be offered to our older pupils and have included activity weeks in Derbyshire, sightseeing and theatre experiences in London and participation in the Stoke Mandeville Disabled Sports Week. Internationally visits have been made to Holland, Paris and Iceland.

Residential Provision

The school has a purpose built four bed residential facility that provides a unique education experience for some pupils at key stage 4 and above.

The facility operates for two nights per week. Pupils elect to stay for one night per week for a 10 week block. 

Pupils work on further developing their independence skills in a residential setting whilst ultimately aiming towards future supported living.  Residential staff work in conjunction with school staff to promote independence, communication and social skills with the pupils, following targets agreed by school staff, pupils and their parents.

Residential provides the pupils with educational experiences which would be difficult to provide fully during the school day or at home.

Parents and pupils interested in our residential facility should contact the Principal for an informal discussion.

Extended Services Provision

Fountaindale ensures that pupils have access to a range of ‘out of school provision’.  After school clubs and a programme of holiday clubs provide opportunities for pupils to take part in a wide range of activities.

The activities are led by outside professionals or school staff.  A high staffing ratio ensures all pupils are fully included in the activities and their personal, medical and care needs are met by a group of staff who are appropriately trained and are familiar to them.

We offer some opportunities for families to enjoy time together such as family swimming sessions on Saturdays and themed sessions during the school holidays.