Post-16 learn to ski

Some of our Post-16 students have joined the Active Ability Programme, which is part of Active Nation, to learn to ski at The Alpine Snowsports Centre in Southampton.

Here are some pictures from day one and day two – we will keep you updated with how they are doing!

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Post-16 Graduation Day


Well done to our eight post-16 leavers who all graduated on Friday with a Diploma in Life Skills at Entry Levels. Seven students also completed their full Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and one student passed three elements. They all had a wonderful day and will be very much missed here at Beaucroft.


DofE Bronze expedition

Post-16 DofE Bronze expedition complete!

Well done to an amazing group of students who today returned from a two day expedition which included pitching up their tents and sleeping in a field last night. They returned very tired from the challenge but proud of their achievements. Also well done and thanks to Di Williamson and Matt Doyle – it was quite a challenge for them too!

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Post 16 residential

UPDATE… here are a few photos from our week at Haven Church Farm


Post-16 are off on residential this week. We are going to Haven Church Farm which is near Chichester, West Sussex. We have lots of fun activities planned, as well as spending time developing the students’ life skills and completing work towards their diploma. Fingers crossed for nice weather!

Post-16 DofE

23rd May UPDATE – Some photos of the practice expedition

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13th May UPDATE… So the weather was pretty awful but the students were amazing! What a brilliant effort from them all. BIG thanks to Diane Williamson for making it happen, and our thanks to Sheila Soper for supporting us in our new adventures. Photos to follow soon.


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Post-16 are off on their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice walk this week. We wish them lots of luck and hope the weather improves!

expedition practice

Expedition practice


Purbeck class trip to Harry Potter studios

In March, the Purbeck class enjoyed a trip to the Harry Potter studios.  The class had listened to the story of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ during the Autumn Term and enjoyed it so much that they persuaded the staff to organise a trip to the studios.

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“It was awesome and amazing!”

“It was a brilliant trip!”

“I enjoyed looking at the magic wands.”

“Aragog the Spider was AWESOME!!”

“The butter beer was horrible and gross!”

We would like to say thanks to the John Thornton Foundation for supporting this trip and to the staff who kindly volunteered to help on the day.

It was a fantastic day, one of the highlights of the year!  We’re all now looking forward to our upcoming residential trip in the summer term.

Purbeck Class.

Welcome to the new Beaucroft Foundation School website!

Hopefully you can find out any information you require, however, this is merely a ‘snapshot’ of what the school provides, or what it’s about.

Beaucroft is a Foundation Special School that caters for children and young people between the ages of 4 and 19 who are experiencing learning difficulties, including complex needs and those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

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 collaborative approach of teachers and teaching assistants, all of whom have specific expertise in developing pupils’ communication and interaction skills, contributes considerably to pupils’ excellent progress and high quality personal development. The excellent curriculum includes a very good therapy and support package ensuring that individual needs are fully met.” (Ofsted Feb.13)

Like any written information, this does not adequately convey what our school is about. In order to get a fuller picture, please get in touch and arrange a visit.

Paul McGill