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Welcome To Headstart School

About Headstart School:


Headstart School was established in 1999. It has a proven track record of success with learners on the Autistic Spectrum including those with complex needs. Places are available for students from age 5 to 16 and following onto our Post 16 courses up to the age of 21.

Headstart School has the benefit of two sites: both situated in the East Sussex countryside, one on the outskirts of the village of Ninfield and the other at Golden Cross. The school admits up to fifty students across both sites complimented by a large qualified experienced staff team. This high ratio of qualified staff to student and our unique approach is what we believe to be our strength, and the main reason for our success with students who have struggled in other academic environments.

Headstart School is committed to providing considered and carefully developed individual and personalised education to students who have found conventional learning a challenge. Headstart School uses innovative methods of teaching across a wide range of subjects with an emphasis on outdoor learning enabling students to identify and work to their own potential with enthusiasm, in a safe and happy learning environment.

There is a purposeful, calm atmosphere in school where children have fun, are expected to work hard, learn new skills and knowledge and to behave in an appropriate manner. Students are supported by a hard-working team of teachers, teaching assistants, a behaviour support team and administration staff. All staff share a responsibility of raising standards and keeping self-esteem high, but also in making life at school structured, fun and enjoyable.

Our most recent Ofsted Inspection confirmed that Headstart is a good school and we’d like to invite you to make an appointment to experience the nurturing environment and enthusiasm within school.

It is a privilege to be Headstart’s Head teacher and I hope that when children leave us, having achieved their very best, that they look back with positive and happy memories of the people, events and opportunities here.

For those students with Education Health Care Plans (EHCP’s), we follow the requirements set out in these documents and hold Annual Reviews accordingly. More information is available on a one to one discussion basis with the Head Teacher on request

Particulars of Academic performance for the preceding school year are available on request. Headstart School is a unique environment with a unique approach where we invite you to book a visit through our administration team at

Headstart Updates

Students start back to school on Wed 5th Sept 9am

Headstart Mission Statement


Headstart School aims to give every student the opportunity to:

• Build self-esteem and self awareness

• Take ownership of their learning and build independent learning skills

• Gain accredited qualifications and vocational skills

• Acquire the necessary social skills to integrate into society

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Ofsted 2013 1

The school provides a caring and purposeful working atmosphere where pupils and staff respect one another, and where pupils can work in a good humoured and enjoyable learning environment. Pupils achieve well and make good progress. This is because of good teaching and the use of an effective curriculum.

Ofsted - October 2013 May 15, 2014

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