Welcome back to Term 6.

I hope that everyone continues to be safe and well.

As a special school we know that it is important that we offer all our students’ education and care on the school site.

We continue to be open each day for any of our students to attend. Some are students are working from home. Our comprehensive home learning package, which is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of all our students, has gone from strength to strength and includes web-based lessons, and tutorials. Our weekly ‘Readalong’ has been a great success.

We have been meeting ‘virtually’ as a team each week and students have joined each other for online assemblies, quizzes and social activities.

Our weekly newsletter celebrates many of our achievements from the last term.

Click here to see the last one.

The remainder can be found under the latest news link.

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. Mrs Jacquie Fairhurst is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and should be contacted via the office immediately with any concerns. Mr Mike Parsons, Mrs Debbie Hoyland, Mrs Maria Allan, Mrs Sue Sheeran and Ms Sue Carnell, are the school’s Safeguarding Team. They are all trained as Designated Safeguarding Leads and act as Deputies 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