Specialist Education

Southlands School consists of small class groups, creating a supportive and relaxing environment where students can learn and achieve their best.


Southlands School's approach to behaviour change is positive and non-aversive. The teaching styles and strategies are developed with Asperger Syndrome/high functioning Autism 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.


The curriculum is tailored to individual needs and is supported by Individual Education Plans (IEP). These plans allow each student to have access to a challenging, broad, relevant and differentiated curriculum that is designed to be Asperger Syndrome/high functioning Autism friendly. 


We believe that our rounded approach to an all-inclusive education supports the individualised development of independence, self-assurance, and communication skills which will empower our young adults to be able to live independent or semi-independent lives in the wider community once they leave us.   


We have found that only by working as a team around the needs of the young person will we secure these aims and a successful outcome for our pupils. We strongly advocate this multi-disciplinary approach and actively encourage regular communication.  All of our staff are trained in working with young people on the autistic spectrum where their individual needs and strategies are identified and agreed by them, and by all parties including a team of educational psychologists, occupational therapist and speech and language therapist.


Student Support


Students are supported by:


✓ Maximum class size of eight students

✓ High staff ratio of between 1:3 and 1:1

✓ On-site therapeutic team


The school day provides opportunities for academic, personal and social skills to be developed. Full use of resources is made in the local environment. Our educational programmes allow individuals to engage and participate in activities such as sports, swimming, horse riding, shopping, social events, library visits and country walks.


Every member of staff is dedicated to help all students achieve their potential through a personalised curriculum. This approach is designed to assist the students in developing academic, social and life skills that will enable them to acheive the maximum amount of independence in their adult lives.


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