Amelia enjoying the sensory curriculum

Langside is a charity run special school for pupils aged two to 19 with profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex medical needs. The school provides a full sensory and therapeutic approach to meeting the needs of the pupils and helps them to achieve their full potential, with nursing support in every class.

The school was established in 1959 and has a multidisciplinary approach to providing education and therapy support. It also has a nursing provision, speech and language therapists as well as occupational therapists, paediatric and dietician clinics on site, ensuring the children do not miss a morning or afternoon at school due to appointments.

Rebecca, a class 1 pupil

Langside can support up to 28 children who have an EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan) and provides a caring yet challenging environment. Each child has a individually tailored curriculum focusing on personalised approaches to learning which ensures pupils are motivated to build and extend their knowledge, skills and understanding; grow in confidence and develop independence skills; celebrate individual and group achievements and prepare for the time when they will leave school.

Classes of six or seven are supported by a team consisting of a qualified teacher, a HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant), a Therapy Assistant and two LSAs (Learning Support Assistants).  Each class also receive daily input from a team of Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapist, Physio Therapist and Nurses.

The school also works in partnership with the local community to offer out of school activities and there are regular opportunities for the children to participate in extra-curricular activities such as horse riding, kayaking, high ropes and power kiting.

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Telephone: 01202 718238

School principal: Jonathan Seaward


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Langside School, Langside Avenue, Wallisdown, Poole, BH12 5BN

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