The Forum School

At The Forum School we offer a structured, broad, balanced 'waking-day' curriculum within a calm, consistent and purposeful environment.


We constantly review the curriculum to ensure that it fully meets the needs of all our students. We use a wide range of augmentative communication strategies throughout the waking day, including symbols, signs, photographs, objects and tailored communication systems to support both our verbally able and less verbal students.


Individualised plans are designed to meet specific needs and these plans form the basis of the three-way partnership between student, family/other relevant parties and staff.


Post-16 & Further Education


Most students remain at the school on a full-time basis until the end of their studies. We support our students with the transition into their adult lives with the necessary skills and abilities to be happy individuals with a role in society.


The Forum School Environment


The Forum School can accommodate children and young people in either on-site or off-site home, each with its own dedicated care team.


Every effort is made to create a happy, family atmosphere in the home. Each young person has their own room and all have vanity units or en-suite bathrooms. Rugs and soft furnishings make each room comfortable and individualised.


Parents and children are encouraged to personalise rooms with toys, books and photographs from home. There is a safe outside play area, with different play equipment for each home. Every child has a key worker who is responsible for the care, welfare, safety and learning programmes of their key child. The key worker is the main parental contact, but all staff in the house base work with the child or young person and therefore have a good knowledge of their requirements. 


Each young person will have adequate storage space for personal belongings, the right to privacy in their own bedrooms and access to make private telephone calls.


Qualifications we offer include:


✓ AQA Unit Awards

✓ Entry Level

✓ Functional Skills


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Two community houses in Blandford are available for those children and young people who are ready to focus on increased community access and work toward independent living skills.


Forum Environment

Side View Of Swimming Pool

The Forum School also has a recently transformed swimming pool on-site