Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all well and looking forward to brighter times ahead.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, we are planning for the full return of children from March 8th. We, as a staff team, are very excited about having the whole Beaucroft family back together again.  Finally, we can leave remote learning behind and offer the invaluable face to face support our children thrive from.

Plans are already in place to manage the transition of all children back full time into school. Team leaders and class teams will be in contact to make any individual arrangements necessary. Our Risk assessment has been updated to reflect the continuation of bubbles and testing procedures. Transport has been notified. 

Please be reassured that all our staff have been offered a vaccination.

Please also be reassured we are aware that some of our children have not been in school this year, and we will endeavour to support them and their families through this transition period.

More information will follow this initial message, particularly around testing arrangements.

Diane / Joe

Co Headteachers

Friday 12th February 2021

We wish to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your support messages this year. They have been well received and provide a boost to staff teams who are working so hard to provide support to their pupils in school and at home. This certainly has been a testing term and we all hope that next half-term will offer some return to a level of normality. We are awaiting further updates from the Prime Minister on 22nd February that will help us plan our route towards having everyone back safely onsite. 

We also want to congratulate you on the fantastic work you are doing in supporting your children during this challenging term. For those of you who are home learning, take the opportunity over the coming week to step back from the learning and allow yourselves a break. 

If your child has been in school this week, and they test positive for Covid-19 over the half-term break, please inform us using the office@beaucroft.dorset.sch.uk email address. Please include details of when the result was received and when your child first developed symptoms. This information will enable us to carry our contact tracing and ultimately help stop the spread. 

Have a happy and restful half term!

Diane / Joe

Thursday 4th February 2021

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all well and looking forward to brighter times ahead.

Beaucroft continues to adapt to current circumstances whilst looking forward to responding to future news and guidance.

To maintain the virtual link between home and school we have been successful in booking Krazy Kev and Pete the Juggler to provide some much-needed light entertainment for the whole school community. Krazy Kev will kick things off this Friday at 11.30. Class teachers will share the Zoom link. Kev and Pete will entertain alternate Fridays for the rest of this term, (more details to follow).

Usual reminder at this time of year for possible snow closures. Any communication will come via School Comms.

Virtual Parents Evening this term will be week beginning March 22nd.

There is currently a vacancy for Parent Governor. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to help shape the future of the school. Please email for further information if interested:


We are looking forward to future news (possibly February 22nd), regarding possible full re-opening of schools (possibly March 8th). Please remember we will be receiving the news at the same time so may need a little time to respond with a plan. Apologies for the lack of certainty, but we live in uncertain times. We remain optimistic of having the whole school back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Take care everyone!

Diane / Joe

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all safe and adjusting to the latest lockdown. We continue to support families in a variety of ways:

  • On site, face to face support for the most vulnerable, and those children who have critical/key worker parents
  • A range of frequent remote learning opportunities
  • Additional resources/activities
  • Parent support
  • Food parcels
  • Technical support

Please continue to reach out to us if we can support in any other way.

Please ensure your children are in clean clothes each day to avoid risk of transmission. There is relaxation in school uniform expectations to support this.

Our test centre was up and running for the first day back thanks to our wonderful Beaucroft team who volunteered their help. They were ready at the start of term to test all staff before the children returned to school. They also tested all secondary age children, (who provided consent and were able to access the test) on entry to the site as they returned – an incredible achievement. On the second day, we received a visit from the Creekmoor NHS test centre supervisor to advise our operation. He commented that it was unbelievable what we had achieved in 24 hours – testimony to the team. We are testing staff and secondary aged students weekly and are in a position to offer testing to primary aged children (with consent) from Monday, 18th. The children who have taken the tests have amazed us with their bravery and good spirits.

Our staff team are relentless in their efforts to support our children and their families – thank you!

We will continue in our best endeavours to support the Beaucroft community during this challenging time.

Please join us from home if possible, for our whole school virtual disco this Friday and every Friday from 9.30 – 10.30.

Take care,

Diane / Joe Co Headteachers

Tuesday 5th January 2021

On behalf of the Beaucroft team, we want to say how sorry we are that we are once again in this position of national lockdown. Following yesterday evening’s announcement we are regrettably in a position where we are now switching to remote learning/support for the majority of our students. We will be offering on site, face to face provision for those deemed particularly vulnerable and/or have one or more parents who are working in critical worker roles. If your child falls into one of these categories a further message will be sent following this one which will include a link to an online form for you to indicate if you wish for your child to accept the offer.

The number of pupils we can safely have on site will be reviewed weekly and the number will hopefully increase over time. Class teams will be in contact this week to support all families.

We will do our very best to provide all we can to help you and your child in the weeks ahead, and we are thinking of you, hoping that you and those you love to stay safe and well.

Diane / Joe


A warm welcome to the Beaucroft School Website.

Please have a look at the video above, “A Day in the Life of Beaucroft” – it really was filmed in one day!  It shows more in two minutes than a lot of words can say.

Beaucroft is a Foundation Special School that caters for children and young people between the ages of four and nineteen who are experiencing learning difficulties, including complex needs, and those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Our pupils’ needs range vastly and we are dedicated to giving the very best education to the children that they deserve.

Beaucroft is a special place, where children feel valued and staff ensure that learning needs are met. In addition to the National Curriculum, it offers a personalised, innovative curriculum to meet particular learning needs, focused on practical, community based learning, creating a friendly, caring environment where children positively thrive.

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently high. Staff know each pupil exceptionally well. This means staff plan activities which precisely meets the needs of pupils and which enable them to learn well and thrive. Activities planned excite, motivate and inspire pupils.’  (OfSTED June 2018.)

We are both extremely proud of our school, having worked here in different roles for many years. As our most recent OfSTED confirmed, we have an extremely skilled and experienced staff team who provide a safe, inspiring and fun place for all our students. Our curriculum provides the opportunities for academic and social development that will enhance the life opportunities for our students as they move into the adult world.

Last year we opened our Post 16 café in the community. Please drop in on a Tuesday or Wednesday to meet some of our wonderful students and staff. It really reflects the Beaucroft community spirit and is a great introduction to the school and our ethos. The skills the students acquire match our preparation for adulthood curriculum. They have developed the business with stunning cakes and popular daily specials that have secured an ever-increasing number of loyal customers, including locals and those with a Beaucroft connection There is always a warm welcome and lovely atmosphere.

It is a unique dining experience and in our opinion the best in town!

You’ll find it at the RAFA (Royal Air Force Association) building located on the roundabout at 34, leigh Road, Wimborne BH21 1AF

We hope that you enjoy visiting our site and that it provides you with the information or news that you require.

Joe Barnett and Diane Makariou