Originally a satellite site for Totton College Adult Education, New Forest School purchased the Dibden site in 2016 and it underwent a significant refurbishment to allow us to expand the curriculum offer and numbers of students on roll for New Forest School.
The long-term aim is to focus use of our Dibden Site to deliver a more vocational curriculum offer for key stage three and four students who are unable to access a traditional academic curriculum.
The site currently comprises of a main school building with 5 classrooms, 1:1 work rooms, and office, staff workroom and Pastoral space. A separate building houses our DT and block with both workshop and computer rooms. A large multi-surface playground provides break time facilities with other green spaces available, one of which is destined to be converted to an outdoor classroom.
Students come from a variety of social backgrounds, with a range of educational, social and emotional needs. The school will specialise in working with students with ASC, SEMH, attachment disorders and areas of mental health. Many of the students will have been out of fulltime education for a significant length of time.
Students will be supported to access a predominantly vocational curriculum that provides access to core subjects, a range of practical subjects (Art, DT, Food Technology, Construction, PE and Outdoor Education) whilst ensuring opportunities for therapeutic support and input. Some subjects such as construction, mechanics and animal management will make use of shared, offsite facilities.
Children will require an EHCP to be referred to the school with places usually being commissioned by Local Authorities.
The school will offer full time and part time attendance to meet the needs of individual students. The school focuses on students from Year 7-11.