Yewstock School

Yewstock School is a day community school for children with profound and multiple (PMLD) , Severe (SLD), Moderate (MLD) or complex learning difficulties.

Some children have additional sensory or physical impairments, speech and language disorders or medical needs, others are statemented as being within the autistic spectrum. All of our young people have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) which is reviewed regularly.

The school provides for 160 children and students between the ages of 2 and 19 years.

In September 2015 we opened Yewstock College, the provision for our 14-19 pupils, which is on the other side of Honeymead Lane.  The school now operates across the two sites, with additional specialist resources to benefit our pupils. We have also begun working at Stourcastle Centre, an exciting project for our 16 learners.

Yewstock School and College are very well resourced. Amongst many other facilities we are proud to offer:

  • A multi-purpose hall
  • Specialist science room
  • Resistant materials workshops
  • Specialist food technology facilities
  • A wildlife area
  • A tunnel greenhouse
  • State-of-the-art sensory room
  • Well resourced ICT suite
  • Site-wide internet access
  • Three minibuses

Yewstock College has a training kitchen, drama and arts studio, hair and beauty area and a polytunnel.  There is also a fully furnished flat for teaching and developing skills for life and independent living.

We also access a hydrotherapy pool at Stour View Centre on Bath Road, a short walk from the school.


The school was opened in 1977 in purpose-built accommodation in Honeymead Lane, Sturminster Newton. Yewstock College opened in September 2015 on the other side of the road, on the site of Sturminster Newton High School.


Yewstock is a single-storey building with additional temporary classrooms. The main building contains the reception area, administration offices, staffroom and classrooms, including a state-of-the-art sensory room and a central library. It also houses the speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy departments in a shared room. The school has a multi-purpose hall and use of a hydrotherapy pool for pupils who require specialist input, which is sited a short distance away.

Yewstock College is also a single-storey building, including 5 spacious classrooms, a sensory room, a flat, drama studio and catering training kitchen.

The outside spaces contain classrooms including a separate Early Years Foundation Stage, a Year 11 class and specialist music room. We also have a Community Room which is used for training and meetings.

The school is set in its own spacious grounds with separate recreation areas and well-equipped playgrounds.

The School has a large, well-qualified and talented team of teaching, learning support and administrative staff.