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Headteacher's Welcome

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Forest Park School, a Hampshire local authority maintained special school. We provide education for children and young people aged 2-19 years with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties. In addition, the majority of our pupils have co-occurring needs including Autism, Down Syndrome and physical disabilities.

Forest Park is split across two sites, one mile apart. We have a Primary School in Ringwood Road, Totton catering for around 100 children and a Secondary School in Commercial Road Totton, catering for around 40 young people with the most profound and complex learning difficulties.

At Forest Park we are committed to providing a highly personalised curriculum and stimulating learning environment, which starts with the individual needs of each child and young person. We seek to prepare every member of our school community for the next significant phase in their lives, whatever that might be. In addition, we are dedicated to ensuring that our pupils enjoy school, are happy, confident and proud of themselves and their achievements.

In school we are supported by and work in collaboration with, a range of professionals including School Nurses, Speech and Language therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

I hope you enjoy your journey around our website and look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful school at some point in the future.

Ashley Oliver-Catt

School to School Outreach

School-to-School Outreach

Who is our service for?

Mainstream primary colleagues who need support with a particular pupil’s learning needs in their setting.

What pupils are eligible?

Any school with a pupil with an EHCP or on the special needs register in a mainstream primary school.


How is School–to–School Outreach provided?

  • Assist with differentiating pupils work.

  • Advice on curriculum and appropriate resources.

  • Advice on setting and reviewing IEP (Individual Education Plans) targets and assessments.

  • Advice on low level Behavioural Strategies.

  • Assist with inclusion strategies.

  • Provide opportunities for Drop-in Clinics, "In-Reach", Observations of Forest Park practice.


How might that work in my school?

Outreach :

  • Initial visit to establish contact - ideally it would be useful to speak to all staff involved and observe the pupil on the initial visit.

  • Follow up visit to set up a working agreement where detailed areas of need and time allocation are laid out.

  • Regular visits to advise on a range of issues such as teaching strategies, curriculum and pupil outcomes will be reviewed.

  • Meetings with other professionals or parents where necessary.

As part of the service, we will provide reports following out visits with notes on discussions, observations and recommendations.
We can offer advice on appropriate resources and provide some resources from our lending library.
We can also offer some whole school advice and training


  • Visits to Forest Park School to have first-hand observations of strategies, resources and environments.

  • Opportunities to attend regular 'drop-in clinics' to discuss and raise concerns


What does my Setting have to do?

  • To fill in the referral forms.

  • Schools should endeavour to disseminate information to other staff to support all special need children in their schools whether at the time of support or in the future. At the time of involvement we can support you with this.

  • It is the school’s responsibility to get permission from parents and then inform them when Outreach support concludes.


What are the aims of the Outreach service?

  • To provide high quality support and advice to enable pupils with SEN (Special Educational Needs) to make appropriate progress to access the curriculum and benefit from their mainstream environment.

  • To enable mainstream colleagues to understand the nature of the pupils difficulties and to develop their skills and confidence in planning programmes of intervention.


What might the impact be?

  • Improved quality of teaching and learning.

  • Raised staff confidence in managing and including pupils with SEN.

  • Effective inclusion.

  • Improved behaviour.

  • Improved attendance.

  • Improved independence.

  • A happier child!


What do I do if I think our setting could use the School-to-School service?

Contact Julie on the school on the primary site number (02380 864949) or email her at



Outreach Information Leaflet

“Staff now have clearer understanding of the child’s needs, are much more confident in how to support him, and are clearer with the next steps in learning”