about chailey heritage foundation

About us

Chailey Heritage Foundation was established by a very determined young lady, Dame Grace Kimmins. In 1903 she took over a derelict former parish workhouse in rural East Sussex. Bringing with her 7 disabled children from East London to their 'place in the country', where they could be cared for, medically treated and educated in what became the first purpose-built school for children with disabilities in this country.

Today we have a national reputation for our work around communication and developing independence through powered mobility. Every year we support hundreds of children, young people and their families, by providing a range of world-class services, especially catering for those with a neurological motor impairment, such as cerebral palsy.

Our aim is to provide a stimulating and inclusive environment where all young people are given every opportunity to make progress towards fulfilment and develop life skills in preparation for adulthood.

The charity encompasses Chailey Heritage SchoolChailey Heritage ResidentialChailey Heritage Futures and Chailey Heritage Pathways.

Our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, offers truly valued support to the work that we do.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is extremely fortunate to have a specialist clinical team on site to oversee the clinical needs of the young people in our care. 

Our Vision

A society where individuals of all abilities are valued and no one is excluded because of their disability

Our Mission

To give disabled children and young people every opportunity to pursue their fullest potential

Our Values


We are a community with a shared purpose. Everyone is accepted, everyone matters


Everyday we strive to make a positive difference for our chidren, young people and their families 


We have high expectations, 'OK' is never good enough


We celebrate what we achieve together

Our Promise

We will never, ever give up working with children, young people and their families to empower them to make their own choice at every stage in life

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