The Stable School

Where nature and nurture support your future

About Us

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Our Story

The Stable School is a unique and special school set within the beautiful St Catherine’s Hill area in Christchurch, Dorset. The school is surrounded by nature and quiet calm spaces.

The Stable School specialises in working with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health barriers to learning. Children will require an EHCP to be referred to the school and referrals are usually made through the Local Authority. We prioritise the wellbeing and mental health of all learners and adopt a curriculum that mirrors the national curriculum whilst ensuring opportunities for therapeutic support.

We embrace nature as a means to support the continued wellbeing of children attending the school. Class sizes are small with a ratio of 8 – 10 children with 2 staff members, each child’s learning journey is very personalised and allows for an individual and holistic curriculum for all learners. For more information on referrals please contact:

The Stable School values


We respect ourselves, others around us and our environment


We reflect on our learning and embrace mistakes


We believe in ourselves and each other


Safeguarding our children, families and staff is imperative to all at the Stable School. We have a robust system for recording concerns, disclosures and allegations. Our highly trained safeguarding team include 5 SLT members and 2 additional members of staff trained at Level 3. Our head of vulnerable learners is trained at level 4 and currently undertaking an open University degree in social care. All staff are trained at level 1 on an annual basis and safeguarding is discussed at every staff meeting.  

We have a safeguarding panel which meets each half term to discuss open cases and ensure reflective practise and the opportunities to challenge are available. The therapy team are represented as part of this panel.  

All staff are trained and regularly re-visit the Prevent training outcomes and we are currently working with the local police team to develop ongoing support for any young person who experiences sexual harassment or abuse, online, in the community or at school.  

Our school


Dan Vincent –




Beth Whittaker –



The Barn site:

12 Dudmoor Farm Road


BH23 6AQ

01202 116274

Head of School:

Dave Parry –


The Gatehouse site:

247 Fairmile Road


BH23 2LH

01202 488362

Head of School:

Andy Falker –