Grammar School House

Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex

Grammar School House is a caring, nurturing residential service in the pleasant village of Earls Colne near Colchester providing support for individuals with learning disabilities and complex needs. Some individuals may also have additional physical disabilities.

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The team are also highly skilled in supporting people with epilepsy.

There is a warm, positive, homely atmosphere at Grammar School. The long-standing, caring and supportive team ensure a person centred approach to support individual’s bespoke and often complex health and physical needs. They are trained in PEG feeding and how to act in the event of an individual having a severe epileptic seizure. The home is made up of two bungalows, each with six bedrooms and is wheelchair accessible to support people with additional physical disabilities. There are also pleasant outside areas and gardens around the property.

Individuals living at Grammar School are supported to achieve their goals and aspirations and to lead a full and active life as part of their local community. There is easy access to the nearby large town of Colchester with its many leisure and social activities and there are transport facilities on site to enable people to enjoy the hobbies and interests important to them.

We place great importance on helping people learn new skills and to take an active interest in the running of the home with their own areas of responsibility. This helps improve daily living skills and confidence and as greater independence is achieved we update support plans with the individual to make sure we are maximising their choices and opportunities. Some people also enjoy local work opportunities.

Visits from family and friends are actively encouraged and in the summer months there are annual BBQs for all to enjoy.

Residential Services

  • Residential service for adults – male & female
  • 12 bedrooms
  • Wheelchair accessible

Call: 0808 223 5320
Email: enquiries@consensussupport.com

Facilities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Pleasant gardens
  • Sensory room

We are 94.2% compliant across inspectorate bodies, CQC, Ofsted, The Care Inspectorate Wales and The Scottish Care Inspectorate for residential care (Figure stated as at November 2017)

“The constructive comments of the CQC are welcomed and we have identified areas for improvement. We have an action plan in place and many improvements have already been made.
The health and wellbeing of the individuals we support is our absolute priority, and the report recognises that the service is both caring and responsive, rating it ‘Good’ in both categories.

We are pleased that CQC identified that Grammar School House is caring stating that ‘People and their relatives spoke highly of the service and the support provided’ noting that staff were kind and compassionate in their approach and that people’s dignity and privacy was respected.

People supported said that they felt safe living at the service and CQC noted this to be the case, sharing that there were sufficient staff available to keep people safe staff encouraged people to develop the independence skills but there were sufficient numbers of staff on hand if support was needed.

CQC also noted that the registered manager was passionate and committed to delivering high quality person centred services. People who used the service were actively involved in making decisions about their daily care and support. Staff sought the consent of people in the planning and delivery of their care. Staff adapted their approach to meet people’s individual needs and to ensure that care was provided in a way that met their particular needs and wishes.

“Whilst we very much respect the important role the CQC plays as our care regulator, in this case we were extremely disappointed by some of the conclusions drawn by the inspector and asked the CQC to review their findings. We are pleased that the CQC did make changes to the narrative but on this occasion feel that the report and their decision not to revise the rating, does not accurately reflect the commitment of our staff or the quality of the service we provide. We have asked the CQC to again review their findings and look forward to working with them to show the good quality provision across all categories that we are confident is being provided.”

The team at Grammar School House are committed to every aspect of the service we provide being at a consistently high level.”


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Views & Opinions

“I am so pleased with Grammar School staff, there are no barriers and all issues with [my relative] are sorted. I don’t need to worry about them anymore.”

Relative - Quote from CQC Report - June 2018

“It’s all going brilliantly, [my relative] thoroughly enjoys it here, it’s very very nice and a home from home. They do their very best.”

Relative - Quote from CQC Report - June 2018

“The staff are lovely we have lots of contact and regular contact by text and phone calls and they send pictures which is great.”

Relative - Quote from CQC Report - June 2018

“I am so pleased with Grammar School staff, there are no barriers and all issues with [my relative] are sorted. I don’t need to worry about them anymore.”

Relative - Quote from CQC Report - June 2018

It’s a lovely place, there is something special about it.”

Consensus Colleague - Quote form CQC Report - June 2018

“Any tiny issues are always sorted out I’ve no worries at all and can always call or pop in anytime.”

Relative - Quote from CQC Report - June 2018

I cannot speak highly enough about the incredible care A has received from the very first day he was transferred to Grammar School House. I do not think he would be alive today if he hadn’t been lucky enough to be accepted into this happy caring home.

Feedback from relative’s survey of supported individuals living at Grammar School – September 2017

Staff are always caring and responsive to the persons needs. They are supportive of each other. The home manager is very passionate about ensuring the best care for people in a person centred way.

Feedback from survey to external Care Professionals assigned to individuals living at Grammar School – September 2017

I think you do a very good job and I want to thank you for this.

Feedback from relative’s survey of supported individuals living at Grammar School – September 2017

Professional and caring.

Feedback from relative’s survey of supported individuals living at Grammar School – September 2017

The staff are lovely. Help me a lot.

Individual we support - quote from CQC inspection report - October 2015

I feel very comfortable and safe here. I have no worries here.

Individual we support - quote from CQC inspection report - October 2015

The support B received is outstanding. B is always respected and supported with care and kindness.

Relative – quote from CQC inspection report - October 2015

The staff are absolutely marvellous. They have made a huge difference to the wellbeing of A.

Relative – quote from CQC inspection report - October 2015

Everyone contributes in these meetings and we go through the care arrangements. It can be a big meeting with all the professionals or just me or another family member and a member of staff. We talk about what is working and if anything needs changing. The staff are excellent at listening and acting on what you say. The staff here make people and their families feel part of an extended family all working together to meet your relative’s needs.

Relative – quote from CQC inspection report - October 2015