Meet the Team
The Forum School is a 38-52 week school and children's home for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Environment and location of The Forum School
Located in the glorious Dorset countryside with 28 acres of land for play and relaxation, the school boasts many facilities such as a theatre, a sports hall, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, climbing wall, multiple safe play areas and a swimming pool.
Admission can take place at any time during the school year. Please call us on 01258 860 295 to discuss a placement. Alternatively, you can complete our online application form by clicking here. Your referral will be processed by our referral office in Manchester and then processed following our Admissions policy (which can be found here).
Our approach at The Forum School
Children and Young People have full access to the National Curriculum with teaching appropriately differentiated to meet their needs. In addition, The Forum draws upon a proven programme of specialist education and 24-hour care with a wide range of clinical and therapeutic inputs.
Multi-disciplinary teams and high staffing ratios ensure intensive individual support. In each class, six, or occasionally seven, students benefit from the attentions of a teacher and at least two teaching assistants
We offer a home away from home, accommodating Children and Young people in both onsite and offsite homes. Every child or young people has a keyworker overseeing their care, welfare, safety and learning programmes.
Our belief is that for full potential to be achieved we must have high expectations and an open, honest relationship with parents and all professionals involved with each student.
The Forum School Governance Board
Termly Governance Board meetings are held at The Forum School to ensure that the management of the school is closely scrutinised and held to account in all areas of responsibility. The agenda comprises:
• Voice of the Child – student feedback
• Head Teachers Highlight Report outlining achievements and challenges and progress against school improvement report
• Outcomes for Children and Young People - Care
• Outcomes for Children and Young People - Education
• Outcomes for Children and Young People - Therapy
• Commercial Performance
• Staffing and Personnel
• Estates report
• IT report
Chair of the board is Tommy MacDonald-Milner who is contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tel: 0208 735 6150
The Governing Board contains key individuals from outside and within the school who attend this meeting each term and parental and staff feedback is welcomed.
Policies, Assessments, Reports
If you would like to view our policies, assessments and reports, please click here
If you would like printed copies of any of our online documents, please call 01258 860 295
View performance tables here
To view our Ofsted reports, click here
If you have a Query
Please call Jess on Reception at 01258 860 295
where you will be directed to the most relevant member of the team.
*For Out of Hours Emergency please call 01258 863 326.