A small, nurturing education experience, tailored to the unique needs of every child, and designed to support pupils who struggle in mainstream schools
Having studied psychology and the vast experience of working within different education settings and across children’s services for several years, both the founders, Charu Kashyap and Shilpa Walia, agreed that there needed to be a change for children who are required to ‘fit in’ to the current education system. They decided to influence that change by starting Odyssey Education Services in 2019. They were supported on this journey by Judith Charlesworth who remains in an independent governance role with the school.
There is an ever-growing population of children and young people who struggle to cope with the way that education works within a mainstream setting. The large education environments, big group sizes and results focused curriculum delivery are counter-productive to creating a nurturing and personalised learning environment. Despite no fault on their part, these children and young people are often labelled as underachievers, and they are treated as problems to be managed instead of unique individuals to be understood. Shilpa and Charu knew it didn’t have to be that way – and it was out of their experience and understanding of needs of children with additional needs and within special education settings that Odyssey was born. The idea was simple. Create a safe, nurturing school environment where education was tailored around the needs of each child. Ensure smaller classes to allow for more personalised teaching and design a curriculum that was engaging enough to inspire, but flexible enough to meet the needs of every child.
The desire to reach out to every child and young person who could be supported by Odyssey, also led to the conception of the school transition (Nostos) and education re-engagement (IN2SCHOOL) programmes.
Bringing the vision to life was more of a challenge. But after years of hard work and dedication, and assembling a team of passionate and like-minded people, Odyssey House School opened its doors for the first time in 2019.
Putting pupils at the heart of everything we do
At Odyssey House School, we recognise that every individual has already begun their education and life journey. Some sail smoothly through, others learn to navigate and negotiate the obstacles, while there are those need help to do this and set sail on their own.
Whatever the situation, Odyssey House School will help all pupils on their way. We will guide, teach, support and encourage pupils until they sail off to their bright future. Pupils achieve their goals by following the Odyssey Guiding Star system; it ensures this is their… time to shine!
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