Official website of our Old Scholars Association

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Old Scholars

The Old Scholars Association was formed very early in the School’s development to ensure that leaving school did not mean losing the security of its existence. Today, many return to relive their memories at our annual Old Scholars’ Day, with a chapel service, lunch and an AGM, plus a chance for a really good catch-up. During lunch you will never fail to hear the older members telling spine-chilling stories of the harsh regime of their school-days, followed by gratitude for the independence those tough days achieved. For today’s Old Scholars that tough regime no longer exists; their needs are very different but the gratitude for independence achieved in today’s environment is there, none the less.

The committee handles a small fund available to any old scholars, with a genuine need, and there is always help and advice available. The Association not only supports these past pupils but gives the staff an opportunity to keep in touch with those with whom they worked for so long.

If you would like a copy of the newsletter or any other information about the Old Scholars Association please contact:

Mrs Janet Wilkins
1 Wentworth Close
West Sussex
PO22 0HS


Chailey Heritage School past pupil

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Our History

Our History

Founded in 1903 by a young lady called Grace Kimmins who was passionate about creating a future for chidren with disabilities.

Our Founder

Our Founder

This piece was written by our President, Verena Hanbury, MBE DL, Granddaughter of Dame Grace Kimmins.

World Wars

World Wars

A hospital for injured servicemen and blitzed babies was just one of the ways our services have been 'multi-purpose' over the years...

20th Century Progress

20th Century Changes

The special needs of children and young people in our care has changed a number of times over the years, but one thing remains the same: our adaptability.

Working in partnership with

Chailey Heritage Foundation works in partnership with Chailey Clinical Services, part of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. They provide medical intervention, clinical expertise and a range of therapies on-site for our children, young people and young adults.