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Welcome To Headstart School

Headstart Updates

The last day of term is Tuesday 16th July
School closes at 12:30 following our sports and prize giving morning.
More details to follow.

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

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.

Particulars of Academic performance for the preceding school year are available on request. Headstart School is a unique environment with a unique approach where we invite you to book a visit through our administration team at

Headstart also offers residential care. To find out more about Headstart Care please visit our website at

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, Mrs Louise Harrison, Ms Sue Carnell, Mrs Daniela Fasciolo-Barnes act in this role in his absence. Caroline Melia is the nominated safeguarding governor.