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  • West Heath School
    Ashgrove Road
    TN13 1SR
  • Head: Mr J Nunns
  • T 01732 460553
  • F 01732 456734
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged 10-20 which is designated for SEMH (social, emotional and mental health difficulties) and caters for children with ASD, ADHD, mental health conditions, and those who have suffered bereavement, bullying, neglect and abuse.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 130; 33 boarders
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: Day £52,500; Residential + £35,500 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

It will be a school of last resort for many, often arriving with a hat trick of exclusions behind them, or with a label as a school refuser. One parent reported that her child has achieved nine GCSEs, despite having no auditory memory: ‘Because it’s bespoke to her, they’ve picked out her strong areas such as art and textiles’. There is some movement into mainstream at year 11, and of those who stay to year 13, a couple each year go to universities including…

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Principal & CEO

Since September 2016, James Nunns, who joined the school as vice principal in 2010 and became deputy principal in 2014. Prior to West Heath he worked for over 20 years with children with a variety special education needs, including social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and those with physical difficulties and complex medical needs. Away from West Heath he loves spending time with his wife and children and being as active as he can, which includes getting involved in his local community and church.

Academic matters

For most children here, education thus far has added to the insult of a traumatic life. ‘Getting them into a position where they want to learn is difficult.'

All children go to Heart (the Health, Education and Revitalising Therapy unit) on entry. They may stay...

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Special Education Needs

Our school is an independent specialist school for day and residential youngsters 11 – 18 whose mainstream schooling has broken down. It is set in 32 acres of parkland on the edge of the historic town of Sevenoaks and accommodates students from all over the country. There are no more than 8 pupils in our classes and a team of Teacher Assistants & Care Staff complement the Specialist Teachers. Our children come here as a result of the trauma of abuse, horrendous bullying, bereavement or illness. Our one Aim – to rebuild damaged lives – is achieved by our specialised approach to education. We believe …… • In our youngsters until they can believe in themselves • Happy people make good learners • Change is possible, success is mandatory • Qualifications are a good amour in life • Shadows of the past must not be allowed to shade the future

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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