Southlands School

We aim to provide consistent, diverse, fun and structured learning opportunities through a waking day curriculum, seven days a week.


We understand that not all young people with complex needs will learn new skills at the same pace. Our curriculum caters for students with a wide range of needs, regardless of the speed of their progress.


At Southlands School we offer our pupils the full national curriculum, enabling them to engage in their chosen course of study, including Functional Skills and GCSEs. For our older students, ‘A’ levels and NVQ Awards can be followed at Southlands or for the more independent young adult at our sister provision, Cambian Wing College, in Bournemouth.


The curriculum model emphasises the importance of key core subjects, whilst ofering the full national curriculum. Our curriculum offers a range of options in years 9 to 11 that can lead to external accreditation and qualifications. There is also an opportunity for students to have short periods of work experience where appropriate; these may be on or off site. Where possible, the school places students with local employers and works with partner organisations to ensure the suitability of placements.


Consistent teaching takes place over a longer period than in mainstream day schools. Class groups are small, allowing for individual programmes of study. Alongside the formal curriculum, behaviour management strategies and the development of social skills are also an integral part of every lesson on the timetable.


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Southlands School Environment 


Southlands School is set in its own extensive grounds, which contain an outdoor swimming pool, an angling lake and hard-court surfaces for recreation.


The school site has nine separate family style homes, one within the main building and the remainder spread across the site. Decisions are made regarding which home accommodates young people depending on their age, social interactions, presenting difficulties and potentially their changing needs. The young people are also consulted on the matter. Both the residential accommodation and educational facilities are contained on one campus - within four acres of New Forest countryside.


There is a constant programme of refurbishment to ensure our accommodation provides a high quality caring and nurturing environment as close to a family situation as possible, which also aims to recognise the developmental needs of each individual within the group. All the residential accommodation has single occupancy bedrooms and some have en-suite facilities. Each living group benefits from communal lounges, bathrooms and kitchen areas. Most residential houses also have an alternative activity room to cater for more than one activity at a time. The Lodge is currently a house which is set apart from the rest of the accommodation, providing a more nurturing environment for those younger children who require such an approach, including its own garden and outdoor play equipment. Young people have input into the décor of their homes and bedrooms through weekly house meetings. Each residential home on site is allocated to just the residential young people, even though there are also day students on site during the school day.


Southlands School can currently accommodate up to 42 residential places. Southlands School is registered for ages between 7 and 19 years of age for mixed gender young people, up to 52 weeks of the year. Southlands offer a flexible package which can accommodate students on weekly boarding, monthly boarding and termly annual boarding dependent on need.

Qualifications we offer include:


✓ ASDAN qualifications

✓ British Computing Society ECDL Level 2 GCSE Equivalent

✓ Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (A Level Equivalent)

✓ AQA Unit Awards

✓ Entry Level/Step Up to English

✓ Functional Skills

✓ Duke of Edinburgh's Award

✓ BTEC Levels 1 and 2 Home Cooking

✓ Sports Leaders Award

✓ British Safety Council

✓ Sailing RSA Certificate

✓ John Muir Award

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Students are appointed single study bedrooms and are encouraged to bring pictures, rugs, books and any other special items that are personal to them. Television and video are available in the lounges, with a selection of Freeview digital channels. A range of resources and games are also available in each living area for students to use.