Pebble Lodge

Ensuring continuing education for students receiving support for significant mental health issues, requiring assessment, treatment and care in a specialist psychiatric unit, both as residential and day patients.

Pebble Lodge caters for students suffering from a wide variety of mental health conditions.

In partnership with health colleagues, our education team works with all young people admitted to Pebble Lodge and is experienced in helping students continue with their learning despite their challenging circumstances.

Our approach

Every week our education professionals join with the Pebble Lodge health team in their ward rounds, to determine the needs of every student. From this, and from discussions with the students themselves, our teaching staff develop short or longer-term education plans. These are based on the curriculum for Key Stage 3 or 4, with a focus on maintaining progress, developing emotional literacy, and where appropriate, developing functional literacy and numeracy.

We also provide vocational courses at Pebble Lodge in areas such as art and catering alongside a range of other enrichment activities.

Education staff will also work with the students’ home-school to enable them to continue to study their subjects so that they do not drop behind their peers. This enables the students to have a smoother transition and reintegration back to school following their recovery.

Some students leave Pebble Lodge to join the Parkstone Base of The Quay School, which works closely with Dorset and Poole CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).


Education is an essential part of the recovery programme for students in Pebble Lodge. It helps them develop routines and makes it easier to return to a mainstream school or other learning centre.

N.B. Units cited are often drawn from or form the basis of our curriculum as they are adapted to meet need whilst considering that pupils with us may only stay a few days or weeks.

Download: 2021-2022 curriculum map