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Odyssey House School

We are excited to announce that our application to the Department of Education to extend our age offering to 18 years old has been approved.

Chief Operating Officer:  Simon Reynolds (simon@odysseyeducation.org.uk) 

School Proprietor: Charu Kashyap (charu@odysseyeducation.org.uk)  

Our Aims & Ethos

Odyssey House School was created for pupils who need a bespoke, holistic and therapeutic education approach to help them learn and grow successfully. We are also able to support pupils who may have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

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

Our Mission:

To change a child’s experience of education through connection, nurture and belief to help them learn, grow and achieve transformative life outcomes.

Our Values:

Our values summarise our beliefs and what we collectively stand for. They are the compass that guides our actions, behaviors, and decision-making process.

Our Goals:

  • To provide our pupils with the highest standard of education and nurturing support to make their journey at Odyssey a success
  • To put our pupils at the heart of everything and to put them first, listening to their needs as individuals and shaping our services around them
  • To work in collaboration with parents / carers and multi-agency professionals to help make the best decisions for our pupils
  • To create a vibrant and rewarding workplace, where contributions are valued, staff share our passion and goals and have the opportunity to grow and develop their careers

 

 

 

Understanding yourself and others

All too often, modern education becomes a tick-box exercise – children made to jump through the hoops of a rigid and uninspiring curriculum, learning just enough to pass exams, and little that will help them thrive in the real world.

At Odyssey, we believe that, more than anything else, education is a voyage of self-discovery – about learning who you are, what your values are, and what you want to do with your life. The services we provide are designed to help children do exactly that.

Communicating effectively

We help our students become strong, confident young adults able to articulate their thoughts and opinions, stand up for themselves, and make their mark on the world.

Becoming global citizens

The children we teach today will reach adulthood at a pivotal moment in human history. Climate change, global pandemics, international struggles for justice and a rapidly shifting political landscape are already changing the world. We need to equip future generations with the skills, knowledge, and strength of character to navigate all that and more.

Being happy

It’s a sad fact that thousands if not millions around Britain and the world hated their time at school. It doesn’t have to be that way. At Odyssey, we believe we’ve designed a curriculum that teaches children everything they need to thrive in their personal and professional lives, AND offers them the chance to have fun, form lifelong friendships and do the things they enjoy.

Being successful

What does success mean to you? At Odyssey, we help our students find out. Some children want to go to university. Some want to get a job. Some want to express themselves creatively. Others want to devote themselves to their families and friends. We support the children we teach to identify their goals, then achieve them.

Interested in finding out more about life at Odyssey House School? Click the button below to get in touch.

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Examples of things your child may do during their Odyssey journey:

Prepare meals for the homeless

Read great literature

Dance

Increase your strength & endurance

Build a volcano

Write & act in a play

Present a research project

Learn to play the violin

Film and edit a movie

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