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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.

About Us

Headstart School is situated in the East Sussex countryside on the outskirts of the village Ninfield. The School itself is surrounded by 18 acres of farmland. Headstart also benefits from its own 40 acre working farm with stables and a riding school. We have a range of animals including horses, pigs, sheep, goats, and poultry. We have a small pet centre housing our rabbits..The farm is central to our therapeutic approach to learning.


Our aim is to enable all students to develop the ability to make choices, which impact positively on their overall life chances within the wider community. We offer a broad range of vocational lessons alongside the more conventional areas of academic study.


Our qualified teaching staff are dedicated to providing a safe, caring and positive educational experience. The school has a firm commitment to the professional development of staff and in-service training forms a part of each term.


Praise and reward are used as key motivators for all students. Our reward scheme offers points for attendance to lessons, good behaviour and task completion. These can be used for a chosen activity, for example, go-karting, horse riding, or other suitable activity of a student’s choice. Additionally, students have the opportunity to earn money to spend with staff on our end of term shopping trips.