about the school

Welcome from The Headteacher

Situated in the heart of St. Catherine’s Hill, Christchurch, The Stable School is an Independent Special Educational Needs primary and secondary school providing personalised and well rounded education across two sites.

Our school specialises in working with children and young people aged 6 – 16, with social, emotional, and mental health barriers to learning.

We prioritise the wellbeing and mental health of all learners through a trauma-informed approach, adopting a curriculum that mirrors the national curriculum whilst ensuring opportunities for therapeutic support. 

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Who We Help

We take children aged 6-16 years, who have an EHC Plan for social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). Our children have a range of needs that might include childhood trauma, social anxiety, school phobia, Autism, ADHD, PDA and ODD.

Our children are at the centre of everything we do. We offer extensive support to their parents or carers and provide strong relational work with a range of stakeholders.

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Our Values

At The Stable School we are proud to be independent and led by a strong moral compass. Innovation, nurture, and integrity are the drivers for positive outcomes for all our children.  We aim for all our pupils to leave our school with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to contribute positively to their communities and to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

Respect, Reflect, Believe are The Stable School’s key values. The values are embedded in our ethos and throughout the school day. We support the students in understanding what each value means in practice and how respect, reflect and believe can enable our young people to grow and flourish in both school and the wider community. As a staff team, we too practice the school values. They are integral to whole school decision making, developments and well-being.

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Our curriculum ensures students are always provided with suitable levels of academic challenge as/when it is appropriate to do so, and linked to their academic potential. We also provide increased academic challenge for those students who we recognise as being gifted and talented.

First and foremost, a trauma informed approach underpins all that we do and is the key driver to individual student success in all areas of learning. Neuro-scientific findings identify that trauma and loss can adversely affect brain development.

This damage profoundly affects a child’s emotional and social development, which can seriously impede their ability to learn and make sense of the intentions and interactions of others (Bomber 2007).

We offer our students the opportunities they need for ‘second-chance learning’. Our aim is to relate to and support these children on their journey to unlocking their true potential and restoring their dignity. Our teaching approach and curriculum is designed to raise aspirations and support social mobility.

School Calendar


Christmas Holidays! 11th December 2023 – 01st January 2024