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Southlands School

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Vicar's Hill, Boldre, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 5QB (Map)

Phone: 01590 675350


➜ Southlands School Prospectus (Download)


Southlands School is an Ofsted-registered independent specialist school, offering 38-week through to 52-week residential and day placements for boys and girls aged 7-19 years old with a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome and other associated difficulties on the Autistic Spectrum.


The purpose of the school is to prepare students for the demands of adult life through staff expertise and specialist approaches. This includes providing a nurturing environment that encourages students to flourish academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.


Individualised learning programmes for children with Asperger Syndrome


Southlands School's approach to behaviour change is positive and non-aversive. The teaching styles and strategies are developed with Asperger Syndrome in mind and are very much led by the needs of the students.


The work of staff is based upon understanding the ability of the student to manage academically, socially and emotionally in various situations. Individualised plans are designed to meet students' specific needs, and these plans form the basis of the four way partnership between the student, school, family and local authority.


Students may be able to transition to our post-16 provision at Cambian Wing College.

The Proprietor

The proprietor of the school is Farouq Sheikh, Chair of the CareTech Board. 

The representative of the Proprietor of the school, whose address for correspondence during both term times and holidays, is: Andrew Sutherland, Director of Education, Metropolitan House, 3 Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1AG. 


Student Profile

May have one or more of the following:


•  Mixed gender, ages 7-19

•  Primary diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome

•  Complex needs

•  Challenging behaviour

•  Often multiple exclusions

•  History of placement breakdowns

•  Previous admission to a CAMHS inpatient unit

•  Difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia

•  Has an Education, Health and Care Plan

Our dedicated team include:

✓ Specialist teachers

✓ Teaching assistants

✓ Residential staff

✓ Key workers

✓ Speech and language therapists

✓ Clinical psychologist

✓ Consultant psychiatrist

✓ Occupational therapist

✓ Clinical psychology assistants

✓ Holistic therapist

✓ School nurse

✓ Paediatrician

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