A Very Special School

Chailey Heritage School, is a non-maintained, Ofsted awarded 'Outstanding' special school for children and young people, aged 3 to 19, with complex physical disabilities, high health needs, sensory impairments and associated learning difficulties.

The majority have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, while other pupils’ disabilities are caused by acquired brain injury or genetic condition. A growing number of children require full time help to breathe, using a ventilator.

The majority of pupils have a learning disability, including some who have profound and multiple learning difficulties. However, others are cognitively able and their barriers to learning are their medical needs and physical disabilities.

Our vision is for every young person at Chailey Heritage School to be given every opportunity to make progress towards fulfilment. We will never, ever give up looking for ways to support our young people to make their own choices in life, and to achieve their own desired destinations.

Our specialist facilities are second to none and include an award-winning mobility and track system, a multi-sensory studio with the latest technology to improve sensory awareness, a hydrotherapy pool, all-weather therapeutic horse riding and cutting-edge ICT facilities. Pupils have on-site access to clinical and therapeutic input from our NHS colleagues enabling the very best provision of treatment and care.


Latest News From Chailey Heritage School

Joyful Harmonica Ensemble perform for staff and young people at Chailey Heritage On Friday 11th January the young people and staff at Chailey Heritage foundation... Christmas Holiday Club

Young people enjoyed activities over the Christmas holidays

Chailey Heritage Welcomes New Chair of Trustees We are delighted to welcome Mark Creamer as our new Chair of Trustees after Bill... Bill Shelford and Verena Hanbury retire from the Trustee Board On Monday 10 December, we said goodbye and thank you to Bill Shelford and Verena... Young People Review Accessibility for Winter Wonderland Young people at Chailey were asked to act as ambassadors for people with disabil... Sensory Music Session for School Pupils

Musician brings songs and storytelling to the school pupils

Old and New Friends Lesley Barcock, our new farm manager, came into class to introduce herself and b... PAT Dogs Visit Hanbury We have PAT dogs visiting the school again and it’s great!... Feeling Sound! Our engineer, Martin Langner, has made a large size active resonance board for o... Hanbury Present 'The Great Blueness' Panto 2018

Hanbury present 'The Great Blueness'

Seymour Present 'A Chailey Christmas Carol' Seymour depertment performed their take on the classic 'A Christmas Carol... St Martin's Christmas Play On Tuesday 11th December St Martin's Department held their Christmas play in... Chailey Heritage Foundation Holds Annual Christmas Carol Concert On Wednesday 12th December we held our annual carol service in St Martin's C... Meet Lesley, Our New Patchwork Farm Manager After giving Lesley a few weeks to settle in we sat down and gave her a grilling... School Team Takes on Boccia Competition

A team of three from Hanbury and Seymour compete

Work Experience Wonders

Two pupils from Hurstpierpoint College do work experience at CHF

Hanbury's Trip to the Flicks

We had a wonderful outing to the Depot cinema in Lewes. 

M2 Go Christmas Shopping On Friday 7th December M2 went Christmas shopping at South Downs Nurseries (Hass... Hanbury Students Enjoy a Visit From the Christmas For Kids Performers

Hanbury students enjoy a visit from the Christmas For Kids performers

Big Success for Big Give Christmas Challenge

Target of £15,000 towards eye gaze smashed

Big Give Christmas Challenge Ends Thanks to everyone who made a donation during the Christmas Challenge!... Teacher Shares Expertise at Conference

Teacher speaks about special sex education at conference

Chailey Raises Over £1500 for BBC Children in Need We're very proud of all of the fundraising efforts for BBC Children in Need ... The Big Give Christmas Challenge is Live

Double your donations for one week only!

Hanbury Complete 'Chailey Mile' for Children in Need 2018 Students from Hanbury Department completed a sponsored 'Chailey Mile' fo... New Sound System to Make Waves

Sound system coming soon to the pool area

Holly Excels in Dressage

CHF pupil takes riding well in her stride

Welcome to Bonnie! On Wednesday 7th November, the long-awaited PAT dog was introduced to Chailey He... St Martin’s Warmed by Bonfire Celebrations

Students from St Martin’s enjoyed arts, crafts and a bonfire

Hanbury Trip to Brighton Marina We enjoyed a wonderful sunny day at the Brighton Marina – seeing all the b... Are You Ready For The Big Give Christmas Challenge?

Donations towards Eyegaze are doubled for one week only

Halloween in Seymour Department Last week, Seymour department celebrated all things gruesome and gory! The young... Out and About In the Community with Hanbury After a trip around Pound Land to choose items for our school panto (it’s ... Lets Get Moving! Three members of M2 have been using their switches to independently control thei... Jacob Stands Tall

One of our pupils have come on tremendously well with his standing

Sharing Our Expertise Helen Dunman and Paula Marten visited Collingwood Primary School in Barnet, Nort... Police Visit Chailey Heritage School Two police officers came to visit us at Chailey Heritage in October. We all had ... Riding Report Autumn 2018 Read all the latest news about our Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding service... Hanbury Outing to Glyndebourne Students from Hanbury enjoyed Cinderella (Cendrillon) H1 Catch the Train to Eastbourne

Young people from Hanbury took a trip to Eastbourne on the train

Exploring Autumn SM1 have been enjoying exploring autumn leaves and pumpkins this term. We grabbe... Hydrotherapy Pool Upgrades Over the summer holidays we have carried out works on our pool to ensure its lon... Elliott Starts Riding Elliott has just started riding and is learning to sit up tall, hold his head up... Working hard in M1

The physios made us work so hard today!

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Harvest Festival in St Martin's This week we celebrated harvest festival. We had a sensory story featuring the l... Anastasia Power Driving Anastasia has only been at school for a few weeks but this week she started usin... Bolnore Village Primary School Assembly Meriel Green and Paula Marten were invited to Bolnore Village Primary School to ... Book Club at Hanbury! Sue Carmichael visited two groups in Hanbury this week and delivered a magical B... Hanbury Go All American John, one of our wonderful taxi drivers, told us about an American diner he runs...

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