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Purbeck View School

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Northbrook Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1PR (Map)

Phone: 01929 422760


➜ Cambian Purbeck View School Prospectus (Download)

➜ Welcome Book for Students (Download)


We’ve been rated 'GOOD' by Ofsted, find the latest report here.


We are a residential school for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and associated complex needs, although we do have some day students in attendance. The school meets the needs of up to 57 young people from 7-19 years of age.


We support a range of young people from across the country, some have severe learning difficulties alongside their autism. Most of our students have some behavioural difficulties. All students have individualised programs of care and education tailored to meet their complex needs.


We have lots of fun on site at the school and take part in lots of activities and events. We are incredibly proud of our school and the achievements the young people make on a daily basis. The community of Swanage is very important to us and you may see our students and staff out in the town regularly, benefitting from the local amenities and local beauty spots.


We have a range of staff on site including education, care, domestic, admin, and clinical staff. Enabling a smooth transition from their home environment to their Purbeck View Home is an essential part of what we do. We work as a team across the School to provide a happy, inclusive environment, which gives the young people in our care a comfortable, safe place to call home at the end of a busy day.



The Admission Process

 At times parents find the process of admissions into a residential school a daunting and anxious process. To support parents with this Cambian offers a Parent Liaison service which provides advice on admission, tribunal and funding processes. The Parent Liaison Officer can help during this difficult decision making time.


Your local Education Authority and Social Care provider will usually contact the school and provide the relevant information for your young person. This information will include your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan, and school or psychological reports. A rep-resentative of the Local Authority might visit the school to ensure that the young person’s needs can be met, and a member of the Purbeck View School team, usually the Principal, Vice-Principals or Behaviour Support Team, will visit to make an assessment of your son/ daughter to ensure we are able to offer the very best services their specific needs require.


After consultation, a decision will be reached with family, the school, the commissioning team and any placing local authority, at which point a schedule of transition and date of admission will be agreed.


Before admission families are invited to visit the school so that everyone is familiar with the building and routines and has a chance to meet staff. A comprehensive transition plan is established using the knowledge of parents and past carers to ensure we provide the best support for the young person entering the school.


Partnerships with Families

Working in close partnership with families to secure the best possible outcomes for our young people is of paramount importance to the Purbeck View Team. We enjoy supporting families to be in close contact with the school, to play an active part in the lives of all our young people. Houses and teachers make regular, informal contact through telephone calls and weekly newsletters, as well as the School’s formal contact through End of Year Reports, reviews and letters.


Parents are encouraged to participate in Governance Meetings, held three times per year, to feedback on cur-rent performance of the School and provide suggestions or comment. Purbeck View also runs a regular Parent Forum for par-ents to bring their views, wishes and feelings to. These are usually held on the last day of term.


We hold social events across the year celebrating the successes of the young people, and various religious festi-vals as part of our embrace of diversity and values.



To view our vision, click here.


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,

Managing Director Education,

Metropolitan House,

3 Darkes Lane,

Potters Bar,


EN6 1AG.

The telephone number on which the representative of the proprietor may be contacted is 07701314378.


Student Profile

We welcome:

• Mixed Gender

• 7-19 years

• Primary Diagnosis of Autism

• Co-existing Conditions of Autism

• Learning Difficulties

• Complex Needs

• Attachment Disorder

Our dedicated team include:

✓ Specialist Teachers and Tutors

✓ Trained Teaching Assistants and Senior Teaching Assistants

✓ Qualified SENCO

✓ Residential Managers with, or working to, a level 5 qualification

✓ Dedicated Waking Night Team

✓ Highly specialised Speech and Language Therapist

✓ Highly specialised Occupational Therapist

✓ Clinical Psychologist

✓ Assistant Psychologist

✓ Behaviour Support Coordinator

✓ Transition Coordinator (Post-19)

✓ Independant Careers Advisor

✓ NYAS Student Advocate


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