Purbeck View School

We have a flexible approach to learning, personalising the curriculum and teaching groups to meet students' individual learning needs and abilities.


In line with the 1988 Education Act and S162A Regulations for Independent Schools we aim to offer a curriculum within full-time education which is broad, balanced, relevant and realistic.  For our students a relevant and realistic curriculum must have communication, social interaction and sensory processing as primary considerations.  The Purbeck View School curriculum has the diverse and challenging nature of our students at its centre.  


Our curriculum supports our young people at whatever skill level they require, and follows their individualised progress. The young people take part in educational activities on site and in our local community.  We work with a number of organisations to facilitate work experience and vocational opportunities.  Where appropriate we work in partnership with our local colleges to offer access to more specialist courses. 


We offer a variety of work related learning onsite and in the local community.  We are proud of our onsite Enterprise hub, the base for our school company, Palletability.  This student run business has an eco friendly ethos and produces a variety of products from recycling and reusing materials.


Learning doesn't stop when education ends - teaching staff work closely with care staff to ensure that our young people have access to opportunities.


The young people at Purbeck View School practice life skills in the home environment with the care staff, or when out in the community.


All young people are offered opportunities to develop work related learning skills or where appropriate attend work experience placements. 


Purbeck View School Environment


Purbeck View School is located in Swanage in the South of England. Based in the beautiful Purbecks, the school has a stunning view of the sea and easy access to the beach and nature.


The School creates a very nurturing environment; every student has their own room, many with en-suite facilities and the accommodation is very homely, warm and inviting.


We have nine homes within our School, each with a distinctive identity. Each home benefits from communal lounges, bathrooms and most have small kitchen areas.

Qualifications we offer include:


✓ Entry Level

✓ Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

✓ ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)

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The school is close to the town centre and students can take advantage of being close to the community.

Areas for supportive learning include:

✓ Large sports hall

✓ Sensory room

✓ Therapy suite

✓ Library

✓ ICT suite

✓ Playground

✓ Sports field

✓ Selection of bicycles

✓ Trampoline