Post 16 | Hub

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The Hub at Rosewood is an exciting educational provision for students with physical, sensory and learning impairments. The focus of the Post 16 provision is to work with students and their families to prepare them for adult life.

Currently we have two hubs, Hub1 for PMLD students and Hub2 for SLD students. For PMLD students, our curriculum offers opportunities to develop and consolidate their skills in a stimulating environment. The aim is to enable students to communicate their preferences, to develop social skills and interaction using the newest technology and with excellent support from highly experienced special support assistants. Each student in the Hub is supported by a Key Worker who will advocate in the best interest of students and become their voice.

We are passionate that the communication strategies of our PMLD students are maximized and developed to be as effective as possible. Communication is seen as a golden thread throughout the whole day; either through touch, cues, music, physical/physio movement or within the routine events of a learner’s day.  We use Affective Communication Assessment (ACA) to support appropriate programmes of intervention for learners, determining the pattern, frequency and consistency of potentially communicative behaviours and behaviours which are becoming established as having communicative intent. We aim to allow our learners to have increased control and set the pace and exchange in interactions, knowing they can control adults’ responses. We also prioritise self-occupying activities to broaden the range of activities the learner is willing to participate in and crucially activities they are able to independently access in an appropriately structured environment. Research in neuroscience also emphasises the continued need to look at Cognitive development and a thorough assessment ensures a detailed profile of individual learning needs of our PMLD students.

Learning for SLD students is focused on developing new functional skills for everyday living and learning to apply existing skills in daily activities and social contexts. We recognize the importance of maintaining existing skills, hence designing activities where the students will be using hands functionally, maintaining core stability and postural management, all important in developing students’ confidence, self-esteem and general wellbeing.  Students are encouraged to access activities as independently as possible and learn how to access their environment to avoid passive living.  Our students engage in a variety of activities, within school and the community that support them to grow in confidence and develop their ability to cope with transition to adulthood.

Hub2 students have a vocational area where they can develop their own projects (wood work, recycling, making clocks etc. )  and a garden for learning outside the Hub for integrated learning, through active, engaging, real-world experiences that have personal meaning for students. Hub2 students have access to work experiences offsite where students participate in the world of work, developing further their existing skills.

Hub2 students have also opportunities to make choices, communicate effectively and learn work related skills accessing internal work experience placements in lower school, working with younger learners and different staff.

All Hub students are fully supported by our multidisciplinary team of specialist staff who provide:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing
  • Speech language therapy
  • Behaviour support

When a student joins the Hub, we work with his/her family to develop his/her “Personalised Action Plan”, looking at priorities, identifying educational needs and interests, supporting the student to set goals for their adult life. All students are assessed by using ImPACTs and Extended ImPACTS based on recordings on PAPs. Our students engage in a variety of activities, within school and the community that support them to grow in confidence and develop their ability to cope with transition to adulthood.

For some students we include nationally recognised accreditation schemes such as AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) Unit Award Scheme, with achievements formally recognised in:

Work Related Learning, Life Living Skills, Media Studies, Fitness, Out in the Community, Residential Experience Challenge, Fitness, Hobbies and Interests, Work experience and Work Awareness, Sexuality and Relationship Education, Relationships, Money, Meal Preparation and Cooking. The schemes of work can then dovetail in to further schemes and offer Entry level units.

The Hub has developed a range of post 16 partnerships with Great Oaks School and Cedar School, City College and with Thomas Lewis House, Community Learning Disability Group to support further learnings opportunities within our schemes of work and help students to make further progress.

We also run an Active Club in partnership with Active Nation Southampton on Tuesday afternoons for students from 14 -25 years old. Please see the Active Club section on the website for more information about this group.


We provide a range of open mornings throughout the year for visitors to meet staff and students and look at the high standards and expectations being undertaken across the hubs. We recommend you visit our school to find out more information about the Hub. You could also nominate us in the EHC plan. Once we have received your EHC plan, you will be invited for a pre-admission meeting and we will advise you  if we can offer you a place.  For more information on how to apply to the Hub please contact: [email protected]

How to apply 

Visit us at one of our open mornings or arrange a separate visit

Contact the school

You may be invited for an assessment or to spend a day in the Hub

We will provide support and advice on what we can offer you at the Hub