Chailey Heritage School

Special needs catered for

What sets us apart here at Chailey Heritage School are our young people. Despite being at the most complex edge of health and learning needs, our young people never cease to amaze us with their capabilities and enthusiasm for learning. They are the inspiration that drives the world-class specialist support and facilities here at Chailey Heritage School.

Our adaptable and creative person-centred approach to provision and learning is steered by the ever changing complex needs of our individual pupils. The challenge of finding increasingly motivating, meaningful and accessible opportunities for every child is what pushes every member of our on-site multi-disciplinary teams, who never ever giving up seeking out effective solutions.

Chailey Heritage School brings together the best of every service to provide each child with bespoke provision so they can achieve their full potential and love life.

Specialist facilities

Our specialist facilities are second to none and include an award-winning mobility and track system, a multi-sensory studio with the latest technology to improve sensory awareness, a hydrotherapy pool, all weather riding and cutting-edge ICT and communication facilities. Pupils have on-site access to clinical and therapeutic input from our NHS colleagues enabling the very best provision of treatment and care.

Our teachers, therapists and carers are highly trained to work with young people with such complex needs and are committed to empowering and enriching their lives, giving them every opportunity to make progress towards fulfilment and independence.

Support services provided

Our unique on-site partnership with Chailey Clinical Services of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust allows therapy to be integral to every childís timetable. Therapists lead individual and small group sessions and provide in-class support and training to class staff. Therapists and specialist engineers are on hand to address altered and changing physical and postural needs.

The Chailey Clinical Services Team include: Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nursing Team, Consultant Paediatrician in Neurodisability and over 30 specialist outpatient clinics Dietitian Rehabilitation Engineering Services.

General environment

Children are both happy and safe at school; this is because our staff know each individual child so well, their health needs, what makes them smile and importantly, how to motivate them!

Sometimes it can be difficult for children with complex health needs to remain at school but with our high level of support, children are allowed to experiment just like any other child. Being part of a peer group is important and, at every opportunity, we promote pupilsí understanding of social interaction and alternative cultures.

Engagement requires the right stimulation. When engaged, a pupil is more likely to learn in a meaningful way. However, we are always sensitive to the level of stimulation for individuals. Childrenís learning experiences do not need to stop for therapy or medical needs to be met, these needs are integrated into each learnerís day, maximising opportunities to learn.

Our secure site features key card entry to all buildings. There are nurses working across the school and every room that the children regularly use across the site has a medical call point, so the medical team are just a button push away.

Aims and philosophy

Our vision is simple and clear: every young person at Chailey Heritage School will be given every opportunity to make progress towards fulfilment. We will never, ever give up looking for ways to support our young people to make their own choices in life, and to achieve their own desired destinations.

Staff qualification and selection

It is no surprise that many staff and volunteers at Chailey Heritage Foundation stay with us for many years, with excellent teamwork and inspirational young people to work with. There is a real sense of making a difference, and belonging to something very special.

We provide staff with a comprehensive rolling programme of specialist training and updates. We are committed to developing our practices in line with the very latest research and technological advancements.


Chailey Heritage School
Haywards Heath Road,
North Chailey,
East Sussex,


01825 724444



[email protected]




Teaching staff



Simon Yates

DFEE Registered number

845 7012

Length of school year

39 weeks

Age range


Number on roll


Type of school

Mixed. Fortnightly, full board, respite, weekly.




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