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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


Job Vacancies


All our vacancies can also be found on the Hampshire school jobs page

Learning Support Assistant - Grade B


We are seeking to appoint enthusiastic, inspiring, resilient and skilled Teaching Assistants to join our great school.


Forest Park School is a special school for pupils aged 2-19 years. Our pupils have a range of needs including profound and complex difficulties, severe learning difficulties and autism. Recently inspected by Ofsted and judged as a ‘Good’ school overall with ‘Outstanding’ in personal development.


We have a strong team of dedicated, friendly and highly skilled staff who provide an exciting, balanced curriculum which emphasises personal and academic success. We also provide a comprehensive training schedule.


We are based on two sites (Primary and Secondary) and staff may be required to work on either site.

If you are up for a challenge, and really want to help make a positive difference to the lives of pupils with special educational needs then this could be the place for you.


If you are shortlisted for interview please plan to be in school for the whole morning. This is a permanent full-time position however, there may be flexibility and this could be negotiable.


  • 30 hours per week (8.50-3.25)
  • Monday – Friday term time only.
  • Actual salary: £16,401 (Pro-rata for part time)


We reserve the right to review applications and interview before the stated closing date which may result in earlier vacancy closure.


Interview Date – TBC



Midday Lunchtime Supervisors


Forest Park is a Special School in Totton. Recently inspected by Ofsted and judged as a ‘Good’ school overall with ‘Outstanding’ in personal development. We need midday supervisors to help our children with physical disabilities and learning difficulties eat their lunch and to supervise their playtime afterwards. 


You will be required to work between 11.45am - 1.15pm daily which is 7.5 hours per week. Term Time only. We are a split site school, and you may be required to work on either site.


Following a successful probation period there may be the opportunity to work extra hours on a casual basis in the classroom if this was of interest to you. Many of our Learning Support Assistants have started their career as Midday Lunchtime Supervisors.

The position is to start as soon as possible after the appropriate safeguarding checks.


We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Is caring, calm and patient
  • Relates well to both children and adults and has excellent interpersonal skills
  • Is able to work as a part of a team, learning with and from other colleagues
  • Enjoys working independently and with initiative
  • Will proactively supervise children in the dinner hall, encouraging good table manners, and assisting with associated duties; setting up and cleaning dining tables and chairs, clearing spillages
  • Actively promotes play and recognises the positive benefits it can have for children
  • Understands confidentiality and safeguarding procedures


Grade: A1 - Annual Actual Salary: £3,522


Closing date: 13th October 2023


Interviews: TBC


Please note that we may invite suitable applicants for interview prior to the closing date.

Co- opted Governor

We currently have a vacancy for a co-opted Governor. This cannot be a parent or member of staff at the school.


Would you like to make a difference to our amazing children and young adults at Forest Park? Please contact the School Business Manager for an application form.


The main requirements are attending 6 meetings per year (usually evenings) and having some flexibility to visit school during it open hours. Most importantly, to want to help children get the best out of life.