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The Forum School

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Shillingstone, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0QS (Map)

Phone: 01258 860295

➜ The Forum School Prospectus (download)


The Forum


The Forum School is a 38-52 week school and home for children and young people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Located in the glorious Dorset countryside with 28 acres of land for play and relaxation, the school boasts of many facilities such as a theatre, sports hall, indoor and outdoor riding areas, climbing wall, multiple safe play areas and a swimming pool.


Children and young people have full access to the National Curriculum with teaching appropriately differentiated to meet their needs. In addition, The Forum School draws upon a proven programme of specialist education and 24 hour care with a wide range of clinical and therapeutic inputs.


Highly specialist staff


Multi-disciplinary teams and high staffing ratios ensure intensive individual support. In each class, six students benefit from the attentions of a teacher and at least two teaching assistants.


We offer a home away from home, accommodating children and young people in both on-site and off-site homes. Every child or young person has a keyworker overseeing their care, welfare, safety and learning programmes.


Admission can take place at any time of the school year. 


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, Director of Education, Metropolitan House, 3 Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1AG. 


Student Profile

May have one or more of the following:


•  Mixed gender, ages 7-19

•  Primary diagnosis of Autism

•  Co-existing conditions

•  Complex needs

•  Challenging behaviour

•  Learning difficulties

•  History of placement breakdowns

•  Has an Education, Health & Care Plan

Our dedicated team include:

✓ Specialist teachers

✓ Trained teaching assistants

✓ Speech and language therapist

✓ Occupational therapists

✓ Clinical psychologist

✓ Psychiatrist

✓ Key workers

✓ Assistant psychologist

✓ Physiotherapist

✓ Nurse

✓ Music therapist

✓ Equine therapy