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.

For more able students following our secondary timetable, the expected leaving age will be 16 when they will move onto a further education institution such as a college. Students who are placed in our PMLD/SLD classes are more likely to remain until they are 19 in our Post 16 provision. Places in our post 16 classes are agreed with the school and Dorset SEN team during the Yr11 EHC transition review. Parents will be required to apply for a place for their young person in post 16.

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 Stour Connect Day Centre, an exciting project for our post 16 learners.

Yewstock College

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, which is sited a short distance away, for pupils who require specialist input.

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 specialist music room and a therapy 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.

Opening Times

The government Schools White paper (Opportunity for all – Strong schools with great teachers for your child) sets out a minimum expectation on the length of the school week.  At Yewstock School we currently offer 32 Hours and 05 Minutes per week (8.45 a.m. – 3.10 p.m.) 

By September 2023, all state-funded, mainstream schools will be expected to provide a school week of at least 32.5 hours.  At Yewstock School our day will be extended to 8.45 am – 3.15 p.m. (32 Hours and 30 minutes)

The 32.5 hour minimum expectation includes the time from the official start of the school day (i.e. morning registration) to the official end to the compulsory school day (i.e. official home time).  The 32.5 hour minimum includes breaks and lunch times as well as teaching time and any extra-curricular activities that all pupils are expected to attend.  It does not include optional before or after school provision.