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Coxlease School - Hampshire

Clay HillLyndhurstHampshireSO43 7DE

Tel.023 8028 3633


Coxlease School - Hampshire

Coxlease School in Hampshire is a specialist day school for boys and girls aged 9 to 18 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. Typically, a pupil's behaviour will be challenging. Some will have associated learning difficulties and many young people will have encountered negative educational experiences or disruption and consequently lack confidence in their own abilities.

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.

Specialist Education Services offered

  • Individually tailored programmes for education, care, social and personal development
  • Intensive therapeutic programmes and communication strategies including psychiatry, psychotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy
  • Coxlease School outreach programme – an individualised one-to-one learning programme tailored to meet personal learning needs
  • A broad and balanced curriculum using national curriculum guidelines
  • A comprehensive 14 to 19 curriculum pathway with options both at Coxlease School and local colleges leading to a range of nationally accredited qualifications
  • A positive ethos which celebrates and rewards success and progress
  • High staff to pupil ratios
  • Day, weekly, 38 or 52 week residential provision
  • Continued and ongoing support with learning and life skills to support their pathway to independence
  • Brand new education classrooms and facilities including sports centre, gym and outdoor fitness equipment
  • Extensive school grounds that provide a safe environment in which to learn, enjoy and grow
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School 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 multi-use games area with fitness equipment and a horticultural site.

The sports hall provides for a range of sports including football, basketball, trampolining and other indoor sports. Housed in the same complex is our superbly equipped fitness centre. Based in the heart of the New Forest, our horticulture site provides opportunities for learners to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the cycle of plants, sustainability and the impact of climate change, whilst also providing hands on learning.

The Coxlease School children's homes comprise of six Ofsted registered residential homes providing support to children and young people aged 9 to 18. All the homes offer individual needs-led support to both boys and girls in an environment specifically designed to meet the requirements of young people with a variety of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

All homes are situated with a ten mile radius of Coxlease School; with four in Southampton, one in Lymington and one in New Milton. The homes provide a variety of environmental living opportunities including city, small town and rural. Each young person has their own separate room - many with ensuite facilities, and all homes have communal space including spacious living rooms, dining rooms, catering facilities and IT access.

Classrooms and specialist rooms are well equipped and all feature a recently fitted ICT resource suite. Great attention is paid to promoting students' self-esteem by displaying work and rewarding achievements - both academically and personally.

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 School 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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Our Services

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Accessing and funding of education and care

Coxlease School has a nationwide intake of boys aged 9 to 18 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. Placements can be flexible and bespoke to meet the needs of young people.

Admissions criteria for pupils

  • Boys and girls aged between 9 and 18 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 using an appropriate response
  • Attention seeking
  • Difficulty in coping with change

Coxlease School considers referals from all cultural, ethnic or religious backgrounds with each pupil undergoing 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
  • Teachers will review in detail any additional paperwork associated with the education and care of the child
  • A permanent place is offered if pre-admission is successful

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More Info


Coxlease School is a DfE 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 pupil plan (IPP).

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 a significant amount of additional time allocated to pastoral support and a wide range of therapies where required.

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 allowing for intensive and personalised teaching.

Safe and supportive community living

The Coxlease School children’s homes comprise of six Ofsted registered residential homes providing support to children and young people between the ages of 9 and 18 years of age. The homes offer flexible residential accommodation for 52 weeks, termly or weekly boarding.

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 feature ensuite facilities. All the homes have communal space including living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens.

Through an individual and inclusive approach to education, care, therapy and healthcare Coxlease School provides young people with severe and challenging behavioural issues, the opportunity to make positive changes in their lives in order to develop themselves as lifelong learners in pursuit of their individual potential. We are confident that in successfully seizing these opportunities, our young people will be included in the wider community as valued and valuable adults.


A specialist department with appropriately trained and qualified staff organise and deliver a wide range of activities. Facilities include a multi-use games area, large sports hall, horticultural site, ICT resources suite, fully equipped Design Technology room and extensive access to the New Forest. All of which support the young people in making personal, social and academic progress.

A range of visits outside school further extends the curriculum and students also have the opportunity to attend a residential facility. Outdoor educational 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 and expend some energy whilst having 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

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