‘Providing an atmosphere of self-belief, care and nurture to enable students to fulfil their true potential’.

Southlands School

Southlands is a senior school for children with moderate learning difficulties a number of whom have additional social, emotional and behavioural difficulties or other more complex needs. It is a small school on a pleasant site. It is surrounded by playing fields and is within a mile of the sea. The school is well equipped and well cared for – it has won the council’s school environment award four times in the last five years. Students are taught in small classes which ensures that attention can be given to each student’s individual needs. All staff set out to create a safe, pleasant and caring atmosphere in which all students can make academic progress and can develop their personal, social and emotional skills.


From a Year 7 annual review:

"The dedication of the staff team is amazing. We can see that in our daughter's development. This is not just a job for you.

From our 2018 leavers:

"Thank you for helping me and encouraging me with my football"

"I'm sad that I am leaving, you have helped me in so many ways and I thank you for everything"

"Thank you for letting me be in this school. I have enjoyed it. See you sometime when I come back and visit. You are a canny headteacher"

"Thank you for being amazing and tolerating me!"

"It has been very re-assuring for us to know that our son was safe and supported during the years he attended. We'll miss our attendances at assemblies and concerts!"

"To Mr Lines & all the fantastic staff at Southlands, we can't thank you enough for all of your hard work and for helping our son to achieve so much during his time at Southlands. We knew as soon as we walked through the door and you showed us around the school that he would fit in and enjoy it. He has blossomed over the last few years and his confidence is much higher. We know there have been a few shaky moments for him, when his behaviour went 'downhill' but you quickly helped him to work through it and gave him extra support."

At Southlands we take part in School Games. 


We are an Operation Encompass School.