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The New School at West Heath, Kent



School Details
Ashgrove Road,
Sevenoaks,
Kent,
United Kingdom,
TN13 1SR

Tel: +44 1732 460553
Fax: +44 1732 456734

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Founded:1998

Principal and Chief Executive:
Mrs Christina Wells

Admissions Co-ordinator:
Mrs Hilary Lees


Accreditations and affiliations:
DFE, UK, Division TEACCH, NAHT, NAS, NASS Special Schools, Sportsmark, Sport England, Artsmark, ASDAN
Religious affiliation:
Roman Catholic, Jewish, Church of England, Muslim
Teaching languages:
English
Age Range & Fees
Age
Range
10 - 19
Annual
Day Fees
NA
 
NA
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
NA
 
NA
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
NA
 
NA
Number of Pupils
School Boy
Boys
School Girl
Girls
85
Day
35
0
Full board
0
15
Weekly
10
100
Total
45
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
90
54
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:


Interview, Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, Please apply to school, Assessment, Residential assessment, This is a Special School, Report from previous school
 

Scholarships & Bursaries:


Boarding, Other bursaries, 6th Form

What we offer


  • Photography
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Environmental studies
  • Government/Politics
  • Media/Film studies
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Journalism
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Design technology
  • ICT
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Archery
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Water sports
  • Table tennis
  • Basketball
  • Athletics
  • Martial arts
  • Horticulture
  • Young Enterprise
  • Orienteering
  • Adventure training
  • First aid/life savers
  • Rock climbing
  • Language club
  • Chess
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding and management
  • Rowing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Particular diets
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Language and Communication Disorders
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Delicate/Medical Conditions
  • Epilepsy
 
 
Head PhotoWhen I grow up I want to work with children and help make their lives better," so wrote the young Diana Spencer in a careers lesson when she was a pupil at West Heath School. It seemed more than just appropriate that the same school should serve this, her declared ambition after her death. Undoubtedly she would have approved.

West Heath was the school at which Diana, later to become the Princess of Wales, spent what she described as the happiest days of her life, it is now a school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The New School at West Heath has only one aim - to rebuild young damaged lives through education. In the great debates about our education system, there is a constituency of children who rarely get a mention: those who are so emotionally damaged that they cannot cope with mainstream schooling. These children, so emotionally scarred by abuse, bereavement, bullying or other trauma, are the forgotten ones of our system. At our School they receive therapeutic support to help them with their individual challenge; they also receive mainstream education, enabling them to reach their full academic potential.

Christina Wells BA (Hons)
Principal and Chief Exceptive
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