About St Edward’s School

St Edward’s is a day and residential special school providing care and education for boys who experience social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH).

Age range:
9 to 18 years. (National Curriculum Years 4 to 13)

Type of Placements:
Day and Residential, Monday to Friday, 38 Week.


St Edward’s School is primarily a SEMH provision. We cater for pupils with a range of needs including:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) (a sub-type of ADHD)
  • Asperger’s Syndrome (High level functioning)
  • Autism (ASD) (where SEMH is the primary need)
  • Conduct Disorder (CD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Speech and Language Difficulties.

The coordinated and collective approach that staff follow ensures that young people transition positively between education and care. The approach is seamless, consistent and clear, supporting young people to develop a clear understanding of boundaries and expectations.

Ofsted (November 2017)

Pupils are referred by local authorities as a result of diagnosed difficulties relating primarily to their behaviour. Consideration for placement is made on the basis of a set of admission criteria provided to the Local Authority and discussed with families at interview.

Education and Personal Growth

St Edward’s tries to assist each pupil’s personal and social growth, whilst at the same time offering a first class all round education. Within a friendly, supportive and stimulating community, boys are encouraged to grow as individuals, cultivate their talents, adopt the habit of working to the best of their ability in school, develop a sense of responsibility for their actions and celebrate their achievements.

The school offers a full compensatory education programme for pupils in Key Stage 2 and 3, leading to GCSE examinations and/or functional literacy and numeracy courses where these may be more appropriate for a young person in Key Stage 4.

Vocational training opportunities play a major part in preparing each pupil for adult life. Some young people proceed into the school’s post-16 provision, supported by their local authorities, where they follow courses bespoke to their needs; this may include part or full-time attendance at college, supported by a learning mentor from the school.

Developing Positive Relationships

The school creates opportunities for pupils to contribute to the wider community and an enviable range of outdoor, sporting, and recreational ventures provide strong incentives to participate in and beyond the classroom. Our model of living and working encourages pupils to develop active, participating and contributing membership of their home communities and society in general.

A high premium is placed on the growth of positive relationships between pupils and the staff team, such that, in times of challenge or crisis, appropriate staff support may enable pupils to address and overcome difficulty. We aim to help pupils manage the difficulties and obstacles they may encounter with a prevailing sense of respect and regard for their personal dignity and always in the knowledge that we are here to help.

Our Facilities

St Edward’s is situated in a substantial park on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. It benefits from extensive grounds, a wide selection of specialist buildings and workshops together with extensive sporting facilities.

The school provides an education and social care service during the school year. In addition to a full and varied curriculum, pupils can access specialist support services via The Coach House, a modern therapeutic space offering anger management coaching and psychotherapy.