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Beaucroft School

Our vision

Beaucroft School enables everyone to become
successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Ofsted rating


Outstanding


Read our latest Ofsted report.

Needs supported


We support pupils aged 4 to 19 years with a range of complex needs including:

  • learning difficulties
  • complex needs
  • autistic spectrum condition

Admission criteria


We admit pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Admission is through the local authority panel process.

Our school and facilities


Beaucroft School is located within spacious grounds, with a number of buildings including the sixth form building known as The Burrow.

Early Years classes are located within a self-contained base with access to their own:

  • sensory room
  • outdoor learning area
  • playground
At Beaucroft School we have specialist facilities including:
  • a gym
  • a food technology room
  • sensory rooms

Our site has a large amount of outdoor space, including:

  • an adventure playground
  • outdoor teaching areas
  • a sports field
  • outdoor sensory areas
  • an outdoor pool

We also run a cafe in the local community which is staffed by post-16 students from our school.

Curriculum and qualifications


At Beaucroft School we follow the national curriculum.

We offer a personalised curriculum designed to meet particular learning needs, focussed on practical community-based learning, creating a friendly, caring environment where children positively thrive.

We offer additional activities and accreditations for each department, including horse riding for pupils in Early Years and the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award for older pupils.

Post-16 pupils follow:

  • the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum (English)
  • the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum (maths)
Pupils also complete a Diploma in Skills for Living and Employment

Approaches and staff expertise

At Beaucroft School we train our staff to deliver find and gross motor skills.

Our pupils can access a range of therapeutic programmes, including music therapy and play therapy.
 

Access to outside professionals

At Beaucroft School we have links to:

  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • speech and language therapy services
We also have a link:
  • educational psychologist
  • social worker
  • doctor


This young man's teachers are all so proud of the fantastic progress he has made this year and all that he has achieved. It has been wonderful to see how he has matured and grown in confidence. He is a joy to interact and spend time with and he is always full of giggles and has a cheeky smile. He has benefited tremendously this year by starting to use Proloquo2go, his iPad app, to communicate what he wants. It was wonderful to see the joy in his face as he began to learn that he could use it to communicate to people and voice his wants and needs and especially to ask for his favourite things like McDonalds!

Next steps and transitions


Special school places are not always permanent. Every year a child or young person's special school placement will be reviewed as part of their education, health and care (EHC) plan review process and will discuss various options including:

  • into adulthood
  • life skills
  • developing independence
  • sixth form choices
  • Local Offer after 16 years and after 19 years
We support pupils to find an appropriate further education place if they are able to move on to mainstream education after the age of 16. We have good links with local colleges including:
  • Kingston Maurward College
  • Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Brockenhurst College
Our pupils who have more severe or complex needs or vulnerabilities can stay on for our sixth form where we offer a preparation for adulthood curriculum. This curriculum includes taking part in running our school's businesses:
  • Burrow's Bistro
  • Sweet 16, making and selling arts and crafts
  • RAFA Cafe

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently high. Staff know each pupil exceptionally well. This means staff plan activities which precisely meet the needs of pupils and which enable them to learn well and thrive. Activities planned excite, motivate and inspire pupils'  

Ofsted, June 2018

"My daughter is a more confident, happy and sociable girl. I am very pleased with the school and the support they have given her."

Beaucroft School

Name: Joe Barnett and Diane Makariou, headteachers
Email: office@beaucroft.dorset.sch.uk
Tel: 01202886083
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