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


26th January 2022

Hi everyone – hope you are all well.

We have great pleasure in sharing our exciting expansion plans with you. We have produced a presentation to outline the plan for Beaucroft College. The floorplans are provisional and subject to change, but hopefully it will provide an insightful overview of the project. The intention is to accommodate our increasing post 16 student intake and provide for some senior students who will benefit from the specialised environment and location. Scheduled opening date is October 31st.

Please click on the link below to view presentation:

Bournemouth Echo Story:

Beaucroft School is expanding with more than 80 spaces

Friends of Beaucroft Update:

  • Thanks to everyone who purchased school tea towels before Christmas. They were extremely popular and now completely sold out! Raised more than £600!
  • Friends of Beaucroft gift of £10 per student has been made to every class in school this week.
  • Welcome to Kate Kearley who has been appointed new Treasurer. Thanks to Naomi Austin for undertaking the role for the last 2 years.
  • Friends of Beaucroft hope for some fundraising activities to be taking place as the year progresses, Keep an eye for newsletters and the Friends of Beaucroft Facebook group which is currently being updated.

Diane Makariou / Joe Barnett


23rd September 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

We are delighted to formally announce expansion plans for Beaucroft school. This involves our Post 16 provision being relocated at the former Wimborne First School:

We believe the town centre location of the Wimborne First School site is an excellent opportunity to base our Post 16 provision. A fundamental aim for our students is to participate and contribute to the local community in a relevant and meaningful way. Our very successful community café will thrive with a permanent base in the heart of the community. A shop, workshop and horticultural enterprise will also contribute to enhancing social value and create a community resource the whole town can be proud of. 

The expansion will also create additional spaces on our main site. There has been a graduated increase in demand for places evidenced by historic admissions panels and volume of direct consultations. 

We look forward to opening our new provision in September 22.

Please see consultation documents attached for further information.

Diane Makariou / Joe Barnett


RAFA Café - open Tuesdays to Thursdays 10.00 am to 1.30pm