Artillery House

  • Registered: 2001
  • Registered Places: 3
  • DfE Education: Yes
  • Assessment/Therapy: Yes
  • Step Down Placements: Yes
  • Staff Ratio: 2:3

Artillery House - A 'Good' Children's Home


“Children experience nurturing and supportive care from staff who understand the children's needs. Children make good progress in all areas of their lives. No children have moved in or out of the home since the last inspection in August 2022. The children's needs are understood by staff.


Staff understand children' s heritage and culture. Staff support children to explore

their cultures and religions in their own time. For example, they help the children to
learn about their chosen religion and tak e part in religious festivals. The home decor
reflects the diversity of the children and the staff.
The children are making progress with their education. When issues arise, the
manager and the staff work with the children and their respective schools. Children
are supported to increase their attendance at school. Staff help children who do not
attend school on a full time basis to complete schoolwork at home.
The children's health needs are known and understood by the manager and staff.
The manager and staff work with health providers to ensure that the children's health needs are met. Children are taken to their appointments by staff and any delays in treatment or appointments are challenged by the manager.
The manager and staff have created a safe and welcoming home for the children. The children have personalised their own rooms and have new storage furniture in
their rooms. The outside space has also been renovated to make it more accessible
and appealing for children to use.
Staff support the children to see their family and friends. Staff take the children to see their family and speak to them on the phone and encourage children to meet friends outside of the home.
Staff provide children with a range of activities including going on holiday and attending different clubs and activities in the local community.

Ofsted Inspection - August 2023 - Full report available by request

Residential Care

Artillery House is registered to provide residential care to three boys aged between 8 and 18. However, we will restrict the age range appropriately at the time of each vacancy to ensure effective matching with the other young people sharing the home.


Artillery House is located close to Ramsgate's popular marina area, family beaches, parks and coastal paths, providing a range of local age appropriate amenities and activity opportunities for children and young people throughout the year.


The staff team at Artillery House are experienced in working with children and young people presenting with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and adopt a positive re-parenting approach, focussing on the development of mutually trusting and respectful relationships, together with unconditional positive regard for the staff team and young people alike. The team have a developed understanding of behaviour being a form of communication and employ strategies to identify the underlying reasons for behaviour so that it can be modified accordingly.


Artillery House provides short, medium and long-term placements for children and young people, some of whom work towards successful transitions back to the family home or fostering environment, whilst others work towards developing sound independence skills in preparation for adulthood. No matter what goals are identified in individual care plans, the aim of the home is to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which children and young people can maximise their full potential.


The home is directly affiliated to both our DfE registered, specialist SEMH schools: The Davenport Primary School and The Old Priory Secondary School.


The respective school and the home work in close partnership to ensure continuity in respect of learning support, achieving developmental goals and behaviour management.


The Davenport School (Key Stage 2: 7-11yrs) offers a differentiated curriculum in order to meet the individual learning needs of each young person. The school operates with small group settings where children are closely supported and supervised by a qualified teacher and learning support assistants.


The Old Priory School (Key Stages 3 & 4: 11 – 16yrs) offers the national curriculum allowing for GCSE study in essential subject areas, alongside alternative, differentiated curriculums, including ASDAN and City & Guilds NPTC vocational awards, both of which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Assessment & Therapy

Children and young people residing in our care have access to a range of assessment and therapy services including:

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Play Therapy

All therapy referrals are overseen by the organisation’s dedicated Therapy Services Manager in consultation with the allocated social worker and other key stakeholders as appropriate.


Our assessment and therapy services are an inclusive element of our residential care provision and attract no additional funding requirement.

Health Support

In addition to our therapy services and panel of consultants, each of our homes have direct access to a health promotions worker and, in the event of any significant health concerns arising, oversight from a registered, dual diagnosis nurse. This ensures effective, professional guidance in respect of health profiling, together with the immediate and ongoing health needs of each individual child and young person placed in our care.

Statement of Purpose

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Residential Children's Homes, Fostering and.Specialist Education
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