Term 3

Welcome Back to Term 3.
School begins for students on Tuesday 7th January.
We are hoping that it will not be as wet as the last term, please remember warm, waterproof coats and wellies.

Our Parents Coffee meetings for this term will be on Tuesday 14th January 9.30-10.30 am at Crouch Lane and Friday 17th January 2.00-3.00 pm at Oakfield. I hope that you will be able to join us at one of these events.

We will also be holding another Parents Behaviour Support meeting with our Behaviour Specialist this term. We will send out dates once this is confirmed.

School closes at normal time on Friday 14th February and reopen for students on Tuesday 25th February following an INSET day for staff on Monday 24th.

We have also published our term dates for the academic year 2020-2021. You can view and download a copy of the dates here.

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 complemented 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.

Safeguarding Statement:

At Headstart School the safety and welfare of our children is of the utmost importance.

All adults must protect children from harm and abuse and be aware that any child may be at risk.

Everyone (including parents and carers) has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our children. Jacquie Fairhurst is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and should be contacted (via the office) immediately with any concerns. Mr Mike Parsons, Mrs Sue Sheeran and Ms Sue Carnell, act in this role in her absence. Caroline Melia is the nominated safeguarding governor.

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