COVID 19 UPDATE: Avocet House and Turnstone House remain open throughout the Covid 19 epidemic, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and visitors.  Referrals continue to be accepted and any enquiries should be referred to the Principal, Vicki Collings.

Download our Covid 19 Action Plan for further information and for details of our remote education offer.


SES Kite commenced on 4 September 2020 providing a new provision for post 18 year olds.


Outcomes should be measured in many ways and should always be measured in relation to the individual and to their own starting point.

Here are some examples of the outcomes at Avocet House:

  • Several boys have achieved the Norfolk Social Services Child Achievement Award in consecutive years; one boy has even performed a magic show at the ceremony.
  • In 2011, one of the first admissions to Avocet House received a national award for outstanding personal progress through the ‘Engage in their Future’ network.
  • A youngster who had gone through 12 foster placements in 6 years has successfully moved onto independent living after spending 4 years at Avocet House.
  • Within 1 year of residing at Avocet House all boys increased positive family contact by more than 50%.
  • After experiencing in excess of 30 foster placements prior to his admission to Avocet House, coinciding with extremely limited family contact from the age of two, therapeutic support and input has re- established relationships with siblings and mother with a transition strategy being explored to embrace the family as a whole.
  • When a boy was admitted to Avocet house he was having supervised contact with his family in a Social Services family room four times a year. Within a year Avocet house have worked alongside the family successfully achieving supported contact in the community with siblings, this included spending a few hours in the family home on Christmas day.
  • On admission one boy retreated to his bedroom for 80% of his day, would not eat with others but took his food to his bedroom where he often tried to barricade himself in and sleep curled up under his table, steadily dismantling everything around him. Through a sustained personalised approach to care and education across six years, he made the successful transition to living independently in the local community and attending sixth form college.
  • When one boy was admitted to Avocet he relied on a high dual dose of medication to control his complex behaviour. Through a combination of behaviour management and close family work this medication is no longer used.
  • Through a structured behaviour programme one young person managed to reduce the number of serious incidents by 42% in a four-week period.
  • With specialist input from adults quality relationships have been established with family members. All boys living at Avocet house saw their family on Christmas day 2011 for a period of time.
  • Our average attendance in full time education at our Learning Centre is above 95% for all boys.
  • Reading age assessments highlight significant achievements for young people. Improvements made include a 5y1m RA increase in 9 months, a 6y3m increase in 3 years, a 4y7m increase in 1 year 11 months and a 1y5m increase in 3 months. Although at first appearing less impressive, another student achieved a jump in reading age of 6 months after previously failing to register a reading age in 7 years of schooling.
  • In spelling, students gained 1yr 5 months progress, one within a year and the other in nine months, whilst another two gained 2y7m in a 9 month period, and 3y6m in 9 months.
  • Similarly, in maths, students have shown a leap from National Curriculum Level 2a to 4a in a twelve-month period.
  • One Year 10 student has completed a GCSE in maths a full year ahead of schedule, achieving a grade C.
  • One student previously mis-diagnosed with MLD was identified with SpLD and has achieved Entry Level 3 in Numeracy and completed a GCSE in Science.
  • After 5 years at Avocet House a young person with previous poor attendance in education achieved 2 full years at Lowestoft College, gaining Entry Level 3 in both BTEC Workskills and City & Guilds Employability.
  • After 5 years at Avocet House a young person with previous poor attendance in education achieved 2 full years at Lowestoft College, gaining Entry Level 3 in both BTEC Workskills and City & Guilds Employability.

There is a building picture of accreditation in ASDAN, Entry Level ICT, Literacy, Maths, Adult Numeracy and Literacy, GCSEs and ITQ.