Headstart School is a non -maintained Independent special school for children and young people aged 5 – 21 years. We offer a personalised provision to enable pupils to achieve success. We specialise in the education of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASC), Complex Needs, and Speech, Language and Communication difficulties and our pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The targets specified within each pupil’s EHCP drives the education which we provide for them. Some pupils may also have associated Social and Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) needs.
In addition some pupils may also be nationally recognised as vulnerable to under achievement, such as children who are Looked After by the Local Authority (LAC), pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM), Gypsy, Roma Travellers (GRT), those from ethnic minority groups (EM), those for whom English is an additional language (EAL) or are refugees or asylum seekers.
At Headstart School we work to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all members of our community across a range of protected characteristics, which include: Race, Disability, Gender reassignment, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Religion or belief and Age as well as any other factors which have the potential to cause discrimination, e.g. socio-economic factors.