Southlands School

At 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 offering 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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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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