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'Teach to Engage, Engage to Learn'

Summer Break
The School will close on Tuesday 23 July 2024 at the earlier time of 12pm

Headteachers Welcome

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


All the pupils at Lakeside School have Education & Health Care Plans (EHCPS) with primarily Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs.  A significant proportion of the pupils have a range of additional needs including Autism Spectrum Conditions, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), attachment difficulties and dyslexia.


Engaging in learning is a key focus.  The whole school community is committed to providing an effective learning environment within classes of usually no more than eight to nine pupils.  We have our in house Horizons Unit to support those with additional needs associated with an ASC diagnosis, as well as our literacy lead for additional learning support planning and a school social work team to offer family and pupil wellbeing support.  Lakeside School has strong relationships with external professionals including Hampshire Educational Psychology, a Speech and Language Therapist and an Occupational Therapist.      


Our behaviour management system involves carefully selected rewards, clear consequences and consistency of approach that recognises individual pupil needs and circumstances.  We include parents/carers in the whole school community and recognise our systems are many times more effective when a close partnership exists.  Clear communication between school staff, families and the wider community is vital to maximise the expectations, confidence and self-esteem of every pupil in our school.


Lakeside School can offer residential care for those pupils who require and may benefit from this level of support.  The residential house is staffed by an experienced and resourceful care team who work closely with all school staff.


The Lakeside School community is one we are all very proud of.

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 - All pupils are entered for Functional skills Level 3 as well as Levels 1 and 2 in KS4.  Maths, Science, Art, ICT, Humanities and Physical Education. 

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:

Hollie Campbell 

Parents/carers can contact via:

Telephone: 02380 266633



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.


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