The Forum School A GSG School
- The Forum School
- Head: Mr David Keeton
- T 01258 860 295
- F 01258 860 552
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.cambiangro…ome.aspx?Id=49
- A special school for pupils aged 7-19 with autism spectrum disorders along with complex needs, challenging behaviour, and moderate to severe learning difficulties
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Dorset
- Pupils: 41
- Religion: Not Applicable
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
‘I can truly say our son is loved. It’s not just education, it goes beyond that,’ says one grateful parent. Around half of the parents are managing the difficult situation where the child’s needs are such that they need to...
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What The Good Schools Guide says‘I can truly say our son is loved. It’s not just education, it goes beyond that,’ says one grateful parent. Around half of the parents are managing the difficult situation where the child’s needs are such that they need to be accommodated at the school year-round. It’s all very lah-di-dah with horses and stables, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and 28 acres to roam. Riding is available for all pupils …
Since October 2016, Mr David Keeton, following the departure of the previous headmaster, Clive Padgett, for personal reasons after less than two years in the role. Mr Keeton has worked at the school for over 20 years. As deputy head, he oversaw the move to its current premises and had a key role in supporting the education team through all three outstanding Ofsted inspections.
Special Education Needs
The Forum School is an independent, residential special school, part of Cambian Education Services, catering for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. The school aims to provide a 24 hour curriculum approach and to effect this, living accommodation is provided in small family house groups. The school has extensive grounds and good facilities including a sensory room, outdoor swimming pool, an adventure playground, bike area, play area, large grass field, gardens etc. In addition, the school has its own horses and stables with both indoor and outdoor arenas for horse riding. A range of therapies are available and used where beneficial. These include: aromatherapy, music therapy, riding therapy, and speech and language therapy. The school holds a number of awards including Artsmark Gold and Artsmark Healthy Schools. Following inspection, Ofsted commented, 'The Forum School is an outstanding school which provides an outstanding level of care and education.' All children admitted to the school have a reference to an autistic spectrum disorder on their statement of special educational needs. Unless the child is to attend as a private placement, local education authorities and/or social services departments make formal requests for placements; parents are advised to involve their local authorities at an early stage so that visits by appropriate professionals can be arranged to ascertain the suitability of the school. Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school by appointment.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory||Y|
|Has SEN unit or class||Y|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|