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purposeful learning

Our Innovative CHILD Curriculum

Our innovative Chailey Heritage Individual Learner Driven (CHILD) Curriculum was created to accommodate each individual’s learning needs.

The CHILD Curriculum is designed to help pupils with:

  • Communication
  • Physical activity
  • Accessing technology
  • Social and emotional well-being
  • Engagement and sensory support
  • Functional skills
  • Specific Learning 

We also have a busy calendar of school events from Harvest Festival celebrations to our end-of-year Celebration Day. We’re proud to provide our pupils with lots of sensory sessions based around national holidays such as Easter and Christmas to celebrations like Diwali, ensuring every session is an opportunity for our pupils to learn and engage with the world around them.

Supported by teams of Teachers and Education Assistants, pupils are encouraged to make seasonal gifts and take part in workshops with local groups such as drama and music, or go on school trips.

Nina playing the sitar

Empowering young people to make choices

Working closely alongside Speech and Language Therapists, we develop a wide variety of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) approaches to meet personal needs. These range from subtle body language and sensory cues to advanced communication technologies.

Specialist techniques and resources include:

  • Bespoke sensory cues including objects of reference and touch cues
  • Chailey Communication System
  • VOCAs (Voice Output Communication Aids)
  • Eye-Gaze technology
  • Staff are trained in Makaton, and BSL where appropriate

Let’s Get Physical

All pupils at Chailey Heritage Foundation have the opportunity to take part in our extensive physical programme as part of their curriculum. Activities include:

Eva swimming

Relationships and Sex Education Provision

We’re experts at delivering relationships and sex education training for pupils with complex needs.

As well as our in-house training for staff, we also speak at conferences on the subject and deliver training nationally to many schools and other organisations. ‘The Sex Factor’ (link to Sex Factor page) was developed and launched as an online service by our award-winning specialist teacher.

We teach our pupils how to stay safe, and what is and is not acceptable behaviour from others, through innovative, creative and well-researched methods. We also share and develop our practice with parents.

Would you like to find out more about how to become a pupil at Chailey Heritage School?

You can arrange an informal chat or visit to Chailey Heritage School by calling 01825 724724 or by emailing office@chf.org.uk.
We look forward to hearing from you! 

CHILD Curriculum Downloads

Our Pupils' Stories

Francesca Francesca, a former student at Chailey Heritage, has been using the LSC gym here... Henry Henry is a happy 12 year old who has been at Chailey Heritage for nine years - C... Katie Katie is 19, loves everything Disney and is always wearing the brightest outfits... Charlotte

13-year-old Charlotte is a determined, kind, and thoughtful young person.

Seth Seth is 6 years old and has been at school at Chailey Heritage Foundation since ... James James has been developing his concentration skills by caring for the animals at ... Thomas

Meet Thomas


Meet Holly


Meet Livvy

Lucy T

Meet Lucy.

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Meet Lucy.

Max Max is 20 and has been coming to Chailey Heritage Foundation for nine years.... Rosie Rosie LeWarde is 25 years old and is a sociable, happy and engaging young lady w... Jacob Jacob is 18 years-old and has been attending Chailey Heritage Foundation si... Bertie Bertie is six years old and started school at Chailey Heritage Foundation in Nov... Harry 20 year old Harry has been using our Hub and Pathways services for over a year.&... Archie

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

Sam Like many children his age, Sam loves football, computer games and watching TV w... Ellie With her cheeky smile, irrepressible curiosity and keen sporting talent, Ellie i... Raihana Her early entry into the world and the ensuing complications haven’t held ... Harriet Harriet has been developing her communication skills during her visits to Patchw... Mollie and her amazing creations 22 year old Mollie is a budding artist. Her amazing creations are on display in ... Ella Patchwork Farm is a unique resource for supporting learning in a wide range of w... Meet Michael “Michael’s personality has developed and he is much more outgoing, w... Henry

Read about how Patchwork Farm has helped Henry's confidence

Alfie's Life Skills Centre Experience Alfie is no stranger to ‘grafting’ or getting his hands dirty in his... Isabel's Gym Time Isabel’s gym sessions are giving her a real energy boost: her increased st... 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... Focus on Eye Gaze ‘Eye Gaze Technology’, where a user controls a computer through eye ... 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... Regular gym visits paying off for Victoria Since Victoria has been using the gym she has made an incredible increase in the...
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