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Tillman Lodge Special Resource Provision

Welcome from Mrs Adcock - Headteacher



A warm welcome to Tillman Lodge, where children are cared for and given every opportunity to succeed in life. We have a real passion and understanding for ensuring that we provide a safe, nurturing place where children can regulate and achieve their best.


Tillman Lodge opened in October 2021. Since then, our resource provision has grown and now accommodates 14 children who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH) as their primary need on their Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). We strive to create a calm and safe sanctuary where children can flourish and where we can build a positive relationship with you, so that together we achieve great things for your child.




A specialist resource provision (SRP) is a provision within a mainstream school designed to provide specialist and targeted support for children. Tillman Lodge at Henley C of E Primary School, offers a safe, nurturing environment to support up to 14 primary age children with Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) needs in Warwickshire. Tillman Lodge is staffed by a well-qualified team which consists of two full-time teachers, three teaching assistants and a Family Well-being Facilitator.  



The Tillman Lodge Vision 


Our whole school vision is ‘Living Life In Its Fullness’ John 10:10


Our aim is to build positive relationships with the children and their families. We will provide a therapeutic approach to their learning so that they are able to overcome their barriers and enjoy success both emotionally and academically. 



What we offer – a specialist provision for pupils with SEMH


Tillman Lodge is a purpose-built centre which is on the site of Henley C of E Primary School. It is a light, spacious and welcoming space. We have two large bright classrooms, two smaller rooms for small group work or one to one support, a fully functioning kitchen, a gym to support children to regulate and a huge outdoor space for outdoor learning, including a forest school which is shared with the main school.


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Our aim is to provide:


  • A specialist environment which supports the learning needs of each pupil.
  • Small scale – there are 14 children at Tillman Lodge.
  • Specialist staff with experience and training in work with challenging behaviour, who offer consistent strategies and boundaries to support change at a high level of intensity and detail. This may include physical intervention.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which encompasses the National Curriculum and takes account of the age and individual needs of each pupil; to ensure and enable appropriate progress and attainment.
  • Deliver the curriculum, taking account of pupils’ difficulties in social functioning and other learning needs, and provide opportunities for individual and group teaching, counselling and guidance.
  • Provide a behaviour management structure, with individual behaviour management plans (IBMP) where appropriate.
  • Provide access to learning programmes that address emotional needs (e.g. anger, self-control, relationships) and the development of positive social and interactional skills.
  • Provide pupils with frequent and detailed feedback and encouragement about their behaviour.
  • Value pupils for themselves, as well as what they are capable of achieving, and maintain a level of care and offer positive experiences even in the context of potentially challenging behaviour.
  • Offer a high level of home-school liaison and partnership with parents/carers, supported by the attached social worker.
  • Enable close working with psychiatric/therapeutic and other support services.
  • Access to lessons in mainstream classes, in addition to specialist resources and teaching, when appropriate.


Our Ethos - 'Ready, Respect, Safe'


At Tillman Lodge, as part of the Henley C of E Primary School community, we aspire for everyone, celebrating the strengths and unique qualities of every member of our setting. We support our children to be ready, show respect to all and stay safe. This message is shared in all spaces across the lodge. This is not only part of our ethos at Tillman Lodge, but a skill set we want our children to have in life. We encourage a caring attitude towards other children, the school community and the local environment. Every individual is valued as unique and special, and all have the opportunity to feel part of a caring school.





SENCO - Mary Gray

Class Teachers - Cal Sweet and Sam Clark

Teaching Assistants - Tom Manise, Faye Charlton, Shellie Bleby

Family Wellbeing Facilitator - Nirmala Rabidas



Mary Gray – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

At Henley-in-Arden C of E Primary School and Tillman Lodge Resource Provision, we are committed to ensuring that all our children receive the best possible education; that they have the opportunity to flourish in all aspects of school life. As SENCo, my role is to work closely with our teachers, parents and school governors to monitor and evaluate the support we provide for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and the impact that the support has on their progress. This ensures that all our children receive a consistent, high quality response to their needs and that parents and carers are active partners in their child’s learning. I have worked as class teacher, SENCo and headteacher across a 22-year career in education and am keenly aware of the position of trust I hold in relation to the care and well-being of all our children and their families; as such, I feel very fortunate to be part of the team here at Henley and Tillman Lodge.




Mrs Sweet - Class teacher

Hi, my name is Cal Sweet. I have 3 children aged 23, 16 and 14, and we have 2 rescue dogs. My background is in teaching SEN/SEMH, and it is my passion. I like to bring motivational tools such as VR (virtual reality) into lessons or as rewards to encourage pupils in my class to learn. I love outdoor learning and believe that children thrive in the great outdoors. It is fascinating to see how children learn in different ways and how they develop.  I love helping children to discover their way of learning and the challenge of steering those who find it tricky at times. SEMH teaching has huge rewards when you see a child progress.  I truly believe in supporting young people to be the best that they can be. I used to work at West Midlands Fire Service as an incident photographer/ videographer, as I started my career path in professional photography (wedding and commercial photography). Over the years, I started to develop an interest in education and volunteered in a few schools before my teacher training.  I soon realised that this was my vocation! I absolutely love music and go to as many concerts and festivals as I can (the louder and heavier the better!) I mostly go with my eldest son and daughter as they have the same taste in music as me. My goal next is to try and learn a musical instrument; I’d love to play the drums but I’m not sure that my family or neighbours would agree.  Other hobbies include swimming, gym, cooking (especially Asian food), oil painting, hiking, travelling, and relaxing with a good film. I look forward to teaching your child if they attend Tillman Lodge and can guarantee that I will give 100% to assist with their wellbeing, education and development.   


Class Teacher - Sam Clark

More information to come!



Hello, my name is Nirmala Rabidas and I am one of the lucky individuals who will be working with your child.

A little bit about me … I am patient, kind, a good listener and caring with a good sense of humour.

I used to be a Personal Assistant working with senior management before I changed careers to work in Education. My educational journey started 15 years ago as a Teaching Assistant. I enjoyed it so much that I became a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA.) I have worked in all key stages in school and managed a successful Nurture Group. I love learning so I continued … I am part of the Institute of Leadership Management. I am one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads for the school.

I am a Licensed Thrive Practitioner and I believe that through playfulness and curiosity, Thrive enables children to develop socially and emotionally.

I am the Family Thrive Course Lead which enables me to I deliver a 6 week course to parents for a better understanding of Thrive.

I am also the Family Wellbeing Facilitator. Please contact me if you do need any support. I will endeavour to do my very best to support you and your child.

Over the years, I have gathered a wealth of knowledge relating to SEMH. I have a genuine concern for children’s welfare and I am passionate about supporting children overcome their difficulties in order that they can receive the education, care and attention that they deserve.

Every child at Tillman Lodge is special and unique and I am very much looking forward to working with you and your child.




My name’s Tom and I’ll be working with your child in Tillman lodge.

I’ve been working in education for 4 years following a 12 year career in the Royal Air Force. I found my passion for teaching while serving in the military, following 6 years in the regiment on the airborne force protection squadron where I moved into teaching members of the RAF various subjects. On leaving the RAF I worked for a specialist veteran company going into schools teaching social emotional skills and carrying out behaviour mentoring. I then worked in a Birmingham school full time, which was struggling with behaviour. There I worked as a behaviour and learning mentor, teaching various outdoor lessons including Forest school, Latin, Social Emotional Learning and Debating. Outside of school, I am the Director of Rugby at a local club and I have 2 sons, who I enjoy spending most of my time with.




My name is Faye Charlton and I am a teaching assistant at Tillman Lodge.




Hi I’m Shellie, I’m fun, bubbly and I love to play football. I’m a mother of 3 children. Before working in Tillman lodge I have been a hairdresser, a stay at home mum, a kitchen assistant in a primary school and then last year I went to college and achieved my Teaching Assistant qualification. Coming and working at Henley Primary is something I enjoy very much, as this is where I went to school and it holds a special place in my heart - full of amazing memories.



We also use a counsellor and a play therapist who provide weekly support for some children in the lodge. 



Our Site Plan




Schools Meals


A hot lunch will be provided by the school kitchen and will be served by Tillman Lodge staff in the main school hall or within a family dining setting at Tillman Lodge. You may wish for your child to have a packed lunch. 



Snacks and Water


These will be provided by Tillman Lodge unless your child has specific dietary needs.




All children must wear school uniform, which is: 


  • Plain navy-blue or school sweatshirt or fleece

  • Plain white polo shirt 

  • Plain navy-blue jogging bottoms

  • Outdoor shoes

  • Wellies

  • Slippers


On PE days, the children can wear the school PE kit with a navy blue tracksuit on top. 




At Tillman Lodge we aim for all our pupils to flourish by providing equal opportunities and access to the curriculum for all pupils whatever their ability or additional need. On occasions some pupils may need extra support to help them achieve their full potential. All staff will work collaboratively to achieve the best for the children working with outside professionals as appropriate.


When your child joins our school we will allocate them to a school house: House colours are:


  • DeMontfort – RED,

  • Beaudesert – GREEN,

  • Arden – YELLOW





At Tillman Lodge we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where pupils are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that pupils receive effective support, protection and justice. We have an onsite Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) at all times in Tillman Lodge (Cal Sweet and Nirmala Rabidas) with the Headteacher as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the whole school as well as Tillman Lodge.


Medical and other issues


When pupils start school and as appropriate, parents are asked to complete a form outlining any medical history, including any allergies suffered, that we should be aware of. It is important that this record including contact details is kept up-to-date. 


First Aid 


Basic first aid is given at school when necessary by qualified First Aiders. If the school deem that further medical attention might be needed, parents will be contacted. If an accident needs hospital attention, we will make every effort to contact parents. We ask parents to ensure all contact details are kept up-to-date so that we can make contact in an emergency. All injuries are recorded.




The school has responsibility for the safety and welfare of pupils and regularly reviews arrangements to ensure that the medical needs of the pupils are met at school. Currently, only prescribed medicine can be administered in school.


Parents and carers in partnership


We warmly welcome parents and carers into Tillman Lodge, believing we are partners in the education of your child. There are some opportunities for parents/carers to become involved in the life of the school and to gain a greater understanding of its work. Nirmala Rabidas is our Family Wellbeing Facilitator. 


We communicate in various ways, primarily through newsletters, emails via StudyBugs and regular Facebook up-dates on our closed school site. 


We report to parents/carers about progress and learning on a termly basis, through parent’s evenings and an annual written report. Staff are always happy to meet to talk through this. Please call the school office on 01564 792766 or email:


The school’s website has a wealth of information including relevant newsletters, year group pages, copies of key policies and curriculum information. Henley-In-Arden CofE Primary School – A Church of England Academy (


Learning in Tillman Lodge













PTA for Henley C of E Primary School


They are a group of parents/carers, with a teaching representative, who work together to organise social and fundraising events throughout the year for the benefit of pupils and the wider school community. Tillman Lodge parents are welcome to join.




It is a parents responsibility to organise transport to and from the setting. Once your place has been decided, your EHCP plan coordinator can support you by sending you a link to apply for SEND transport (if this is needed). On the link, you will need to put the school as, ‘Tillman Centre @ Henley Primary School’. It can take 15 days to set up, so please apply as soon as you can. If you require additional support please contact Mrs Rabidas our Family Wellbeing Facilitator. 


The transport team can be contacted via: or by calling: 01926 412929 and the application should be clearly stated as SEND transport.   


School contact information and enquiries: or call 01564 792766