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Atkinson maintains its unblemished record as a good home

“This is a well-managed home.  Attention to detail and a thorough understanding of each child’s needs means that they all receive high-quality care and nurturing from committed staff.”  That is the verdict from Ofsted inspectors following their visit in February to … Continue reading

Bale, Arthur and Gracie, the Atkinson therapy dogs

Bale and Arthur have been visiting the Atkinson School since early March and the benefits and transformations have been incredible.  Bale and Arthur are therapy dogs, brought in by Bale’s Buddies who supply therapy dogs to schools, residential homes, and … Continue reading

Atkinson artwork at the Koestler exhibition

The Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice started in 1962. Each year over 3,500 people in custody and in the community share their creative work by taking part. The Trust provides feedback and encouragement to entrants of all abilities … Continue reading

A young person’s view of Atkinson

What is good and what is not so good about living at Atkinson?  Please read this very honest presentation which one of our young people put together during school time. A young person’s view

Christmas collection for Exeter Foodbank

In the run-up to Christmas, one of our young people took the lead on a collection for the Exeter Foodbank. As well as creating posters and speaking to staff to encourage them to donate food items or money, he also … Continue reading

Ofsted assurance visit

We are delighted with feedback from the recent Ofsted assurance visit which consisted of two days virtual inspection and one day on site.  The inspectors said that “the children benefit from well-planned care provided by a staff team which shares … Continue reading

Just Right State

The Just Right State (JRS) is being delivered as part of a programme to support the staff and young people at Atkinson to explore and develop self-regulation and co-regulation skills.  The programme is eight weeks long and includes exploration of individualised … Continue reading

Bullying awareness

Following on from some successful Equality and Diversity work, our students took part in a Bullying Awareness course.  Over two sessions, some excellent discussions took place around bullying and its impact on others.  The work was followed up with a … Continue reading

Atkinson Art in County Hall

Jo Olsson, Chief Officer for Children’s Services, has received three pieces of artwork created by young people at the Atkinson Home.  The artwork is based on the screen print portraits of pop artist Andy Warhol and the graphic design work … Continue reading

Jack and the Beanstalk

Throughout December, the Atkinson students have been to see the pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.  This trip is an integral part of the English curriculum, incorporating a range of skills – listening, following storylines, … Continue reading