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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

SHIP- School assisting with a home issue

SHIP (School/Home Integrated Project)


Who is our service for?

Parents/ carers and families of any children with learning difficulties. They may also display difficult or challenging behaviours


What pupils are eligible?

Any pupil with an EHCP who attends Forest Park School. This will be part of a multi-agency discussion and conversations with parents / carers before any intervention starts.


How is SHIP provided?

  • Short term interventions in the home or other setting

  • Support for families / professionals in sustaining any changes made after SHIP

  • Physical resources to support the child in managing.

  • Advice on low level Behavioural Strategies.


What does I have to do?

  • Talk about the problems you are facing.

  • Work with the SHIP worker to help implement the suggestions

  • Set aside time to attend any relevant meetings or be available when the SHIP worker visits


What are the aims of the SHIP service?

  • Provide you with the help and support you need.

  • Make sure that everyone involved is using the same strategies

  • Try to build your confidence with managing your child’s behaviour

  • Empower families


What might the impact be?

  • Raised parent / carer confidence

  • Improved behaviour.

  • Improved attendance.

  • Improved independence.

  • A happier child!


What do I do if I think I could use SHIP?

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