About the school

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Welcome to The Children's Trust School and residential provision Thank you for taking the time to look through our website, we hope it will tell you everything you need to know about our wonderful school and residential houses. Here you can find information about our specialist staff and facilities, alongside information about our governors and our supporters. The Children's Trust School is a non-maintained special school dedicated to the education, health, therapy and care of children and young people aged 2-19. Andre smiling at The Children's Trust
Andre was 11 years old when he came to The Children’s Trust. He has a rare genetic neurological condition resulting in epilepsy and a developmental delay.
We are able to support children and young people with a wide range of special educational needs including neurodisability and complex learning and medical requirements through day and residential placements. Our education, health and care teams work collaboratively with supporting staff to implement our new, highly specialised and development-based curriculum. The curriculum is delivered in an integrated, holistic and age-appropriate way with experienced teachers, therapists, specialist teaching assistants and colleagues in case, working together to support children and young people to reach the next steps in their learning. As a regional school, we admit children and young people from a wide catchment area across the South East of England. With day and residential placements available for up to 44 children, our residential placements are across three houses, co-located in the beautiful woodland of our 24-acre site. We operate a 48 or 52 week residential programme of which 39 weeks are educational, and nine are based around extra-curricular and social activities during half terms and holidays. We are immensely proud to lead and work with a team of people who have a wealth of experience in special educational needs and who embrace and share the School ethos and residential aims and objectives.

The team around the child or young person

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Our multidisciplinary team work closely with our School and residential care teams to ensure that the child or young person's education, therapy and care needs are met. All pupils are able to access clinics that are relevant to them, or that they may be referred to, such as orthopaedics, orthotics, audiology, vision and dentistry. Many of these clinics are held on site. We all recognise that every child is unique and therefore personalise our approach to each of them.

Education, therapy and care provision all under one roof

We provide a safe, caring, organised and happy environment in which the needs of all children and young people we support can be met. We have a range of facilities designed for children with the most complex disabilities. By placing the children and young people at the heart of everything we do, and working in partnership with parents and carers, we enrich each child's quality of life by promoting their intellectual, physical, emotional and social development, both during the school day and beyond. If you would like to arrange to visit The Children's Trust School, enjoy a tour of our residential houses and on-site facilities, please contact us to arrange a visit. Members of the School's senior management team will be delighted to show you around, provide you with more information and discuss your child's individual educational, health and care needs. We look forward to meeting you.
Sam Newton, Headteacher at The Children's Trust School
Samantha Newton
Maggie Clancy, Director of Clinical Services at The Children's Trust
Maggie Clancy
Director of Clinical Services
Professor Gareth Morgan, Medical Director at The Children's Trust
Professor Gareth Morgan
Medical Director and Consultant Paediatrician
Helena D'Angelo, Head of Nursing & Care
Helena D'Angelo
Head of Nursing & Care
"Pupils' learning through assemblies and enrichment activities are carefully thought through to ensure that opportunities for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are exploited fully. For example, lunchtime activities, clubs and regular trips out, such as a recent visit to Brighton, help develop pupils' social skills and their awareness of how to keep safe and prepare them for the next
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steps in their lives beyond school."
- Ofsted, May 2017

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