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becoming a pupil at chailey heritage school

Becoming a Pupil

Chailey Heritage School welcomes children and young people from many different local authorities. We provide for those whose needs cannot be met in maintained special and mainstream schools because of their complex needs.


When a local authority recognises a child's or young person’s needs will be best met by our expertise and facilities, they will make a referral to us.


An 'Admission Assessment' is held over a two day period, helping us to identify in detail your child’s special educational needs and to indicate whether these needs can be met at Chailey Heritage School with support from Chailey Clinical Services.


Following the referral and assessment process, if we believe the child will benefit from our skills and facilities, and the child's local authority and Clinical Commissioning Group agree to fund the placement, the child may take up their place at Chailey Heritage School.


We continue to have a very good reputation amongst local authorities for being open about our fees and our processes, and we welcome visits from local government officers.

Where a family is in dispute with their local authority, our role is simply to explain what we offer, and to give our opinion on how we would hope to benefit the child. 

To arrange an informal visit please contact us here.

Our Pupils' Stories

Jacob Jacob Antoniades is 18 years-old and has been attending Chailey Heritage Foundat... Bertie Bertie is six years old and started school at Chailey Heritage Foundation in Nov... Archie

Starting school can be a nerve-racking time for any parent.

Harriet Harriet has been developing her communication skills during her visits to Patchw... Meet Michael “Michael’s personality has developed and he is much more outgoing, w... Changing Lives: The Chailey Way Like many 9 years olds, Sam loves football and playing for his school team!... Meet Wilson Wilson is a very energetic and happy young boy with an infectious giggle who enj... Meet Lennon Lennon is very happy and sociable and, like most 6-year-old boys, he enjoys play... Romilly’s Story: Unlocking communication A strong parent, pupil and school partnership is crucial to establishing the bui...

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