Sports Hall 1.png

'Engage & Learn'

Monday 8 March 2021 - INSET DAY
'Epraise' - Our digital messaging service going live 22 February 2021 - You should now have received your login details and how to access information.
Headteachers Welcome

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the headteacher of Lakeside School.

All of the pupils at Lakeside School have statements of Special Educational Needs based primarily on a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. All of the staff are committed to providing an effective learning environment within classes of usually no more than eight pupils.

Our behaviour management system involves carefully selected rewards, clear consequences and consistency of approach that recognises individual pupil circumstances. Such a system is many times more effective when there is a close partnership between staff and parents/carers. Clear and frequent 2-way communication is vital if we are going to maximise the expectations, confidence and self-esteem of each pupil at the school.

The agreed composition of Lakeside’s Governing Body is five co-opted governors, one staff governor, two parent governors, one Local Authority governor and the headteacher. Governors are nominated by the Local Education Authority and governors co-opted by their fellow governors.  Governors take specific roles regarding Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Residential and assisting the headteacher with recruitment and finance. Governors are encouraged to visit the school during the school year and they play an active and supportive role in strategic planning and monitoring of the schools performance.

The residential house is staffed by an experienced and resourceful care team who work and liaise closely with all other staff. We offer weekly residential care for those pupils who require it and may benefit from this level of support.

The hardworking staff, our better-behaved pupils and helpful parents are together making ‘Lakeside’ an incredibly successful and pleasant school community.

Ethos & Values

Lakeside School aims to support and encourage our pupils to do as well as they can and to help them develop the skills they will need for the future.

We will give them extra help during the school day so that they can catch up on any schoolwork they may have missed.
If they are a resident pupil they are encouraged to learn how to mix with other pupils and to appreciate the benefits of working with others. We will help them to share and co-operate, learn how to make and keep friends, and how to enjoy their days at school.

We work closely with parents and carers so that we can together help the pupils to build a happy and successful life.


Gareth Evans - Headteacher

Our School

Our Location

Lakeside School is located between Winchester and Southampton, just off Junction 12 of the M3.  Situated on a pleasant campus, it is adjacent to Thornden Secondary School.

The School is ideally located to access the facilities of a large urban area whilst enjoying the benefits of a semi-rural location.

The school is set in spacious grounds, has its own playing field, and a floodlit hard surface play area, a new purpose built sports hall the 'ASD unit, residential and independent unit.

National Curriculum

At Lakeside we follow the National Curriculum. Students have the opportunity to study the full range of subjects. In Key Stage 4 students are offered the opportunity to study a range of GCSE subjects, these include:

English, Maths, Science, Art, ICT, Humanities and Physical Education.

Entry Levels are taken in year 9 in English.

There is a strong emphasis on practical subjects and enriching the curriculum through activities such as sailing, cycling, canoeing, climbing, and all types of sporting activities alongside visiting artists, theatre companies and authors.

Behaviour System

The school has a behaviour management system that supports behaviour in a positive way. All students are set behaviour targets on a half termly basis. In lessons students receive points that reflect their behaviour and learning in lessons.


​Parents/carers should first contact the Local Education Authority to apply for a placement in Lakeside School.​

As part of our admissions process parents/carers, the student and other interested professionals are invited to visit the school for a visit and initial meeting.  If you are in the process of looking for a suitable special school placement and are being advised by the Local Authority to make visits, these are welcome at any time through the assessment/consultation process for your child.  Please phone the office to arrange a visit Tel: 02380 266633 to arrange a suitable time. 

The Senior Leadership Team assess each pupil’s referral papers as supplied by the Special Educational Needs department of the Local Educational Authority. The Headteacher will advise overall suitability to the LEA who will then confirm the offer of a place in writing, and advise you of the transport arrangements.

To view our Admissions Policy, Please follow the link:




The accommodation houses up to 19 young people between the ages of 11- 16.  All the pupils have their own single bedroom. The sitting rooms, kitchens and bathrooms are shared by all.

There are staff around at all times to help, advise and mediate the pupils’ environment. Each pupil has a key worker who is responsible for their welfare and development whilst residing at Lakeside School.

We have recently opened our 'Independent' unit where older pupils are taught to budget, live independently and learn the skills they will need for the future.


School Support Manager
​The role of the School Support Manager is to engage with students/parents/carers if they are experiencing any difficulties in or out of school.  


At Lakeside we have a residential School Support Manager who is available throughout the day to assist the students.​


The main role of School Support Manager

  • Developing intervention strategies to increase academic success.

  • Assisting with conflict resolution, problem solving and self awareness.

  • Helping the student develop appropriate social interaction skills.

  • Assisting the student in understanding and accepting self and others.



Our School Support Managers:

Jen Simpson and Shannon Tremaine.

Parents/carers can contact via:

Telephone: 02380 266633

email:  or


Pupils can also contact by:



Outreach Programme

We run an outreach programme working alongside local mainstream schools.  These programmes are run by our staff, advising on behaviour management strategies and pupil engagement.  Part of the programme includes respite and activities to re-engage the pupils who are experiencing difficulties.  This could be a team from Lakeside visiting the school or individual pupils visiting Lakeside on a regular respite basis. These activities include art projects, mountain biking and sailing to name but a few.


Dates for your Diary