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About Us

About Us

Headstart School is situated in the East Sussex countryside on the outskirts of the village Ninfield. The School itself is surrounded by 18 acres of farmland. Headstart also benefits from its own 40 acre working farm with stables and a riding school. We have range of animals including horses, pigs, sheep, goats, peacocks and poultry. We have a small pet centre housing our rabbits and guinea-pigs.The farm is central to our therapeutic approach to learning.


Our aim is to enable all students to develop the ability to make choices, which impact positively on their overall life chances within the wider community. We offer a broad range of vocational lessons alongside the more conventional areas of academic study.


Our qualified teaching staff are dedicated to providing a safe, caring and positive educational experience. The school has a firm commitment to the professional development of staff and in-service training forms a part of each term.


Praise and reward are used as key motivators for all students. Our reward scheme offers points for attendance to lessons, good behaviour and task completion. These can be used for a chosen activity, for example, go-karting, horse riding, or other suitable activity of a student's choice. Additionally, students have the opportunity to earn money to spend with staff on our end of term shopping trips.


Parents, guardians/carers are informed weekly of a student's educational progress. Information on weekly tutorials is available by request, and we actively welcome the involvement of families/carers, as we view education as a partnership between home and school.


You can view our latest Ofsted report below or by following the link -


You can visit the Ofsted Parent View website by following the link