Welcome Back

It was a great pleasure to welcome our students back to school last Wednesday; many of them were genuinely happy to be back and this is a clear indication of the positive relationships that have been developed over time between your child and our team of staff at Headstart. It is also an indication of the hard work that is put in by both adults and children alike, across all areas of our school.

At this point I would like to congratulate our Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students for their hard work during the summer examination period, that has resulted in a range of success for them. Such hard work will surely support them in the next stage of their educational journey – All members of staff would like to wish our Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students all the very best for a successful future.


Settling in Morning

I would like to invite you to a ‘settling in’ coffee morning at both Crouch Lane and Oakfield sites on Thursday October 3rd at 11am, to discuss how things have started in the new term for your child and how perhaps we can support them further as the year progresses – you will receive a formal invite closer to the time. Further Parent/Carer events can be seen under the ‘Parent/Carer Events Tab for term 1 and 2 under latest news.


End of Term

Students break up for the end of term on Friday 18th October and return to school on Tuesday 5th November. Please note that Monday 4th is a staff training day and the school will be closed for students.

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. Stewart Mansell and Jacquie Fairhurst are the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads and should be contacted (via the office) immediately with any concerns. Mr Mike Parsons, Mrs Sue Sheeran, Ms Sue Carnell, act in this role in their 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