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A Visit from Aesop Travelling Theatre Company

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The Aesop’s travelling Theatre Company entertained all pupils from primary through to Key Stage 4. The theatre utilised colourful backdrops alongside an array of masks which enhanced the dramatic experience. The company enacted different Aesop’s fables.

Michaelmas Village Fayre

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For the first time ever the Ninfield Bonfire Society held their annual Michaelmas Fayre at our school site on Saturday 13 September 2014.  It has been a number of years since I enjoyed a Fayre as diverse as this from dog shows to ferret racing, market and craft stalls to Morris dancing and buskers corner to the reading corner. Tons of other activities took place, from traditional face-painting and a coconut shy, to dog agility sessions and falconry displays. Headstart school site turned into a hive of excitement, as the sun shone throughout the event, making it a great day for the whole family. This was a traditional fayre and more,  a superb day was had by all.


Ninfield Carnival

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So, Headstart School became involved in the local community spirit of things by entering the Ninfield Carnival. This year’s theme was ‘Children’s T.V programmes’ (throughout the years!!) with us rallying staff and students together to create our float and costumes. I was amazed at the support of parents, carers and workers from other settings of which we were most grateful.

Students involved really joined in the spirit of the occasion being rather competitive with who could raise the most in their collecting tins and genuinely wanting to raise money for local good causes. We were extremely pleased to be recognized for two great costumes – our very own Becca Stadames won first prize for her inventive Smurf design and Debbie Hoyland obtained a certificate for her cat woman outfit.

We plan to be back next year bigger and better than ever.


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Headstart Open Morning

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I was delighted to welcome so many parents and carers to our recent open morning where you all had an opportunity to view the ever developing school; view your child’s work and ascertain progress through reading reports alongside meeting a range of new faces: Mark Gransden (Key Stage 4 and 5 leader), Sue Sheeran (Assistant SENCO), Paddy Boorman (Support Worker) and a range of existing staff.

Parental engagement in education and partnership working are areas in which I firmly believe promote positive outcomes for young people. A major factor in children achieving their potential in school is parents/carers supporting them in a knowledgeable way and being actively involved in school life. It is Headstart’s purpose to provide a safe environment where students can develop academically , emotionally and socially whilst promoting achievement and enabling success.

Headstart believes it is a fully inclusive school catering for the needs of students in a personalised, individualised manner, respecting individuals unique talents and strengths whilst promoting positive outcomes.

I am keen to continue to build upon the positive relationships already established within Headstart School and hope that we will continue to work together to imprve life chances of our young people.


Caroline Belchem (Deputy Head)



Forest School – Twig Towers at Bedgebury Forest

As part of the forest school program students have been using artists such as Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration to be creative and produce their own interpretation of sculpture in a forest landscape.  Students were asked to incorporate part of the living forest as their sculpture.  As you can see, some fantastic results.

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Weekly House Challenge

Every week the three houses of Headstart School come together in a unique challenge. Students have to pit their wits against each other in a variety of different tasks.  Students work together achieving a common goal to complete each challenge.  During the challenge, leadership skills, cooperation and social interaction are all developed, as well as being lots of fun for everyone.

Challenges during the winter were based indoors with lots of different themes from team building activities to sport. During the spring and summer more challenges are based outside and use the school farm and garden as inspiration.

Weekly House Challenge 1


House challenge on Friday 25th April was potato planting, each house had 12 potatoes to plant.


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World Book Day

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.

This year Headstart School promoted World Book Day in a range of exciting and innovative ways such as:

Drop Everything And  Read – an allocated time during the day whereupon every member of the school community stopped what they were doing to read for ten minutes.

Book Characters – many staff dressed as book characters ranging from Matilda to Just William.

Ten Word Stories – all students and many staff joined in the ten word story session where students could