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Purbeck View School, Dorset

Northbrook Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1PR
Tel: +44 800 138 1184  Fax: +44 20 8735 6151
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Head: Ms Susan Harvey
Bursar: Liz Scott

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Age range:7 - 19
Day pupils: 1 boy and 1 girl
Full boarding pupils: 41 boys and 11 girls
Fee notes: Please apply to this special school for details of fees
This school offers flexi-boarding.
TOTAL PUPILS: 42 boys and 12 girls, including 10 boys and 2 girls in the 6th form
Staff numbers: 144 full time and 46 part time
Method of entry: Please apply to school, Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, Statement of needs, This is a Special School
Accreditations and affiliations: NASEN, NASS Special Schools
Religious affiliation: Non-denominational
Teaching languages: English

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Purbeck View School offers both 52 week placement (approx one third of pupils) and 38 week placements (approx two thirds of pupils) and day places for 38 week placements for up to 57 students aged 7-19 with a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder. The school is located in the south coast town of Swanage, Dorset, and is surrounded by the Purbeck Hills and overlooks the sea.

Our objective is to enable our students to achieve their full potential by challenging the limitations of autism. In order to achieve our aim, we offer a diverse, active and highly structured waking day curriculum within an environment which is calm, consistent and purposeful.

The Cambian philosophy encompasses a multi-disciplinary holistic and therapeutic approach to our students and their difficulties: we believe in non-aversive positive contact; we do not believe in punishment in any form. However, all schools and colleges will have their own codes of conduct for students, where the equal rights, no-bullying ethos of the school or college, and the need to follow ‘The Rules’ for the safety and comfort of all, will be strongly emphasised.

All staff employed are subject to enhanced Disclosure by the Criminal Records Bureau and Cambian has a comprehensive Child and Adult Protection Policy that all staff are fully aware of. The Cambian staff training programme means that all staff undergo initial induction and foundation training in the difficulties that our students face on a daily basis, and continuing staff development requires this training to be built on regularly.

For full details of our educational, residential and leisure resources, our clinical and therapeutic approaches, our strategies for behaviour enhancement, social skills, life and daily-living skills programmes , please visit our website and read our prospectus.

Our history:
We became a part of Cambian Education Services in September 2005, when, after 30 years of management by The Hesley Group, Purbeck View School and six of its sister schools and colleges were purchased by Cambian Education. Our total commitment to high quality care and education for our students in all our schools and colleges is further extended by these recent changes.

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Exam boards: ASDAN

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    • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
    • Language and Communication Disorders

    This school operates 52 weeks in the year.

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    School reference: R10359

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