Harbourside Campus

The Harbourside Vocational Base is a unique educational environment where students learn and develop practical skills and work towards obtaining recognised qualifications including City & Guilds, with built-in progression to further education or employment. There is also a focus on the development of emotional literacy and communication skills.

We recognise that for some children a classroom environment is not the solution, which is why we are developing alternative education strategies, such as the Aweigh School and a range of vocational courses.

The specific needs of every student are assessed, leading to an individual education plan. This is built around both the student’s current circumstances and their future ambitions. Our Information, Advice and Guidance coordinator is involved in the very first meeting, asking the question: “Where do you want to go?”

Our aim is for students to achieve Level 2 in their chosen vocational course and the functional skills courses. The nature of our provision means that students can come to us at any stage during Key Stage 4. We adopt a flexible approach to our curriculum, giving them the best opportunity of progressing successfully to the next stage of life after school.

Harbourside Campus

Turlin Road



Dorset BH16 5AH

Tel: 01202 674205

Our facilities at Harbourside include:

  • Sports hall
  • Construction workshop
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Mechanics workshop
  • Catering kitchen
  • Land-based studies zone
  • Quiet room

All Key Stage 4 students take at least one vocational course in:

  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Sport & Active Leisure
  • Angling & the Environment
  • Construction Skills
  • Mechanics

In addition, they learn Functional Literacy, Functional Numeracy, Functional ICT skills, PSD, Work Related Learning and Sport. Enrichment opportunities include photography, drama, cooking and orienteering.

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