Coxlease School - Hampshire

Clay Hill
SO43 7DE

Tel. 023 8028 3633

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Coxlease School is a specialist day and residential school for boys and girls aged 9 to 19 with severe behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) who may also have learning difficulties. The service includes a day school and six separate Ofsted registered children's homes in rural and urban community locations. The school provides highly effective education, care, therapy, welfare and support for young people who may have experienced trauma, inconsistent and confusing care and emotional rejection.

Through an individual inclusive approach to education, care, therapy and healthcare we provide young people with the opportunity to make positive changes in their lives, develop as lifelong learners, fulfil their individual potential and integrate into the wider community.

Services offered

  • Individually tailored programmes for education, social and personal development
  • Intensive therapeutic programmes and communication strategies
  • Coxlease outreach programme – an individualised one-to-one learning programme tailored to meet personal learning needs
  • A range of nationally accredited qualifications
  • Day, weekly, 38 or 52 week residential provision
  • Continued and ongoing support with learning and life skills
  • Emergency placements
  • Ample space and a safe environment in which to learn, have fun and grow
  • Brand new education classrooms and facilities including sports centre, gym and outdoor fitness equipment 
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We believe maximising the use of the natural environment enables and encourages pupils to thrive educationally, socially, emotionally and behaviourally.

Environment and facilities

Coxlease School is near Lyndhurst, Hampshire in the heart of the New Forest. It is well situated for easy access across the south of the country, close to the M27 and M3, approximately two hours drive and one and a half hours by train from London and just five minutes from Brockenhurst train station. Set in ten acres of grounds and woodland Coxlease School provides students with ample space and a safe environment in which to learn, have fun and grow. Outdoor facilities include a games area and an adventure area for developing outdoor skills.

The sports hall provides for football, basketball, archery and other indoor sports. Housed in the same complex is our superbly equipped fitness centre and having also developed a working farm facility on site we have a range of livestock and organic crop cultivation to provide exciting learning opportunities which are maximised for all areas of the curriculum. Coxlease School has a wild life pond which provides opportunities for our young people to understand conservation issues. These unique facilities provide opportunities for the children in local schools to work alongside our young people.

Residential accommodation is split into nine small homely bases for up to seven boys both on and off site. All pupils have single bedrooms, some with en-suite facilities, which are well furnished with a comfortable sleeping area and a work/play area. The living and dining areas have a homely feel and everyone is involved in maintaining a pleasant environment in which to live.

Classrooms and specialist rooms are well equipped and a great deal of attention is paid to promoting students' self-esteem by displaying work and rewarding achievements.

Post 16 opportunities

Coxlease School offers a range of packages for post 16 students dependent on their needs. We support students between the ages of 16-19 to gain more independence skills, life skills and to continue in full time education. Each package is tailored to each student with a mix of the following:

  • College courses, part time/full time (supported by Coxlease staff)
  • Core skills subjects
  • Life and independent skills courses accredited through ASDAN
  • Work based training, work experience, supported employment programmes

A detailed transition process underpins the post 16 provision with a clear pathway plan leading to agreed goals and targets. All post 16 students will continue to receive relevant pastoral and therapeutic support whilst moving to self determination and independence.

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Accessing and funding of education and care

Coxlease School has a nationwide intake of boys aged 9 to 19 with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and/or learning difficulties. Young People are referred to Coxlease School via local authorities, social services, education departments and health departments. Placements can be for 52 weeks, 38 weeks, fortnightly, weekly or on a day pupil basis.

Admissions criteria

  • Boys and girls aged between 9 and 19 years old
  • Complex difficulties consistent with combinations of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties as well as other related conditions such as autism.
  • Learning difficulties or disabilities within the moderate to severe range
  • Poor peer relationships
  • Poor self image
  • Inability to deal with vulnerability with an appropriate response
  • Attention seeking
  • Difficulty in coping with change

Coxlease School considers referals from all cultural, ethnic or religious backgrounds. Coxlease School pupils undergo an initial assessment in order to determine their overall needs.

Admissions process

  • An initial enquiry is sent from Local Authority to the Referrals and Admissions Manager
  • Referral papers are sent to the school
  • Consideration / reply given by Referrals and Admissions Coordinator
  • A home visit is arranged
  • An interview is arranged
  • A date is set for assessment placement (12 weeks)
  • A meeting is held to determine the outcome of the assessment placement
  • A permanent place is offered if assessment successful

To read the Priory Specialist Education Safeguarding Statement, then please click here.


Coxlease School is a DCSF registered and approved school offering pupils a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum including National Curriculum subjects. The curriculum is modified to meet each pupils individual needs according to their individual education plan (IEP).

Coxlease School provides consistent, personalised and structured learning opportunities throughout the school day, which are complemented by the activities programme provided by the care staff for young people during the evening and weekends. Time is spent on National Curriculum subjects with the addition of a significant amount of time on pastoral support and a wide range of therapies.

The timetable is structured to provide a balance between the more academic subjects and a wide range of practical activities. During the activity sessions the students experience practical, creative and physical aspects of the curriculum. Coxlease School has identified the importance of giving students greater responsibility for their own learning and behaviour.

Students are placed in age appropriate settings which allow for individual assessments and achievement programmes. All pupils are expected to attend and to wear school uniform. Classes are for a maximum of six pupils with a minimum of two staff to a group to allow for intensive and personalised teaching.

Safe and supportive community living

The Priory Coxlease Children’s Homes comprise of six Ofsted registered homes providing support to children and young people between the ages of 9 and 19 years of age. The homes offer flexible residential accommodation for 52 weeks, termly or weekly boarding. In addition the service can accommodate unplanned ‘emergency’ placements of young people.

All the homes provide individual needs led support in an environment specifically designed to meet the needs of young people who have a variety of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. All homes are situated within a ten mile radius of Coxlease School either within the city of Southampton or on the western fringes of the New Forest.

The homes provide a variety of environmental living opportunities including city, small town and rural. Each young person has their own separate room, many of which are en suite and all the homes have communal space including living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens.


A specialist department with appropriately trained and qualified staff organise and deliver a wide range of activities. Outdoor facilities include games and adventure areas for developing outdoor skills and a new sports hall provides for football, basketball and other indoor sports.

A range of visits outside school further extends the curriculum and students have the opportunity to attend a residential facility in Wales. Outdoor and adventure activities are an important aspect of the programme and provide opportunities for pupils to develop confidence, learn how to work with others as part of a team, to expend some energy and have fun. 

Holistic approach

  • Cognitive behaviour therapist
  • Independent children and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapist
  • Independent consultant psychiatrist
  • Independent educational psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Specialist speech and language therapist
  • Therapeutic pastoral team