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Chailey Heritage School

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Chailey Heritage School
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Coordinates50°58′20″N 0°01′49″W / 50.9723°N 0.0302°W / 50.9723; -0.0302
TypeSpecial school
Department for Education URN114682 Tables
Chief ExecutiveHelen Hewitt
HeadteacherSimon Yates[2]
Age3 to 19[2]
EnrolmentAs of 2023, 85[2]
CapacityAs of 2023, 110[2]

Chailey Heritage School is a special school located in North Chailey, East Sussex, England. It is owned and operated by the Chailey Heritage Foundation. The school is for children and young adults, aged between 3 and 19, with complex physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties.[3] The school has a sixth form.[2][3] It is a charity.[4] There is boarding accommodation on the site.[4] NHS services are based at the same location.[5]

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Chailey Heritage School was founded in 1903 by Grace Kimmins and Alice Rennie for children with physical disabilities.[1][6] The founding organisation was called the Guild of the Brave Poor Things.[7] The school moved site three miles within Chailey in 1936.[citation needed]

The 2002 inspection noted that the school was choosing to admit children with increasingly complex levels of need.[8]


The school has a chapel, St Martin's Chapel, which is a Grade II listed building.[9][10] It was built in 1913; the architects were Ninian Comper and his son.[10]

School performance and inspections

As of 2023, the 2014 inspection is the most recent, with a judgement by Ofsted of Outstanding.[3] The school was judged Outstanding in the previous two inspections in 2009 and 2007.[4][11] The 2002 inspection before that did not result in a judgement category, but the inspectors concluded that "The high quality of teaching and care, good achievement of pupils and sound leadership make this an effective school that provides good value for money".[8]

The school has been recognised for good practice in several areas. It has a specialist service for young people aged up to 25, to support them to plan for the future.[5] It has had, starting in 1995, a group supported by an advocate for young people to give their views.[12][13] In 2005, the House of Commons noted that the school "is nationally recognised for its good practice guidance on intimate care for disabled children".[14] In 2003 the school was noted to make good use of the internet to share information with parents.[15]

Chailey Heritage Clinical Services (CHCS)

Chailey Heritage Clinical Services (CHCS) is the NHS service co-located with Chailey Heritage School to provide clinical and therapeutic input on site and in children's own homes.[16] In addition to their work at Chailey Heritage School they provide specialist services for children and young people with complex neurodisability throughout East and West Sussex.[16]

Chailey Heritage Foundation

The Chailey Heritage Foundation, which was founded as the Chailey Heritage,[17] is an English charity that owns and runs the school. It was founded out of the Guild of the Poor Brave Things in 1903 by Dame Grace Kimmins. The foundation specialises in support of children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs - predominantly through the Chailey Heritage School.[18] At one time the Heritage also owned and ran the Chailey Heritage Marine Hospital near to the village of Tide Mills.

Futures@Chailey Heritage is the charity's new transition service for young adults with physical disabilities and includes a Life Skills Centre.


The list of trustees at the close of 2014 is:[19][20]

  • William Shelford DL (chair)
  • Mike Atkinson (School Governor)
  • Keith Chaplin (Governor)
  • David Crowther
  • Dr Elizabeth Green (Governor)
  • Lucinda Hanbury
  • Verena Hanbury MBE, DL (President)
  • Chris Jones
  • Robin Meyer
  • Jane Roberts

Notable staff

Between 1906-1916 two matrons trained at The London Hospital organised the nursing care of the children. As matron they would have played a central role in the smooth running of the establishment. [21] Chailey Heritage were employing reputable matrons of a high calibre from the largest voluntary hospital in England.[22]

  • Ethel Julian (1871-1958), Matron, 1906-1908.[22] [23] Julian trained at The London Hospital under Eva Luckes between 1900-1902. [22] [24][25]
  • Florence Mary Glover (1874-1970), Matron, 1908 until at least 1916.[22][26] [27]Glover also trained at The London Hospital between 1902 and 1904, and remained there as a staff nurse, holiday sister and home sister until her promotion to Chailey.[22][28][29]

Notable former pupils


  1. ^ a b Durey, J.F. (2022). John Galsworthy's Compassion: All Beings Great and Small. Springer International Publishing. p. 83. ISBN 978-3-030-87436-0. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Chailey Heritage School". Get Information about Schools. Gov.UK. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Pugh, Bob (2014). "Chailey Heritage School". Ofsted. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  4. ^ a b c Penny, Steffi (2007). "Chailey Heritage School inspection report". Ofsted. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  5. ^ a b Tutt, R.; Williams, P. (2015). The SEND Code of Practice 0-25 Years: Policy, Provision and Practice. SAGE Publications. p. 71. ISBN 978-1-4739-2719-3. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  6. ^ Quibell, EP (1956). "The physically handicapped child; functional assessment of the disability as an aid to planning". British Medical Journal. 2 (4999): 991–3. doi:10.1136/bmj.2.4999.991. PMC 2035483. PMID 13364373. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  7. ^ Wilson, J.P. (2013). The Routledge Encyclopaedia of UK Education, Training and Employment: From the earliest statutes to the present day. Taylor & Francis. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-317-79652-7. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  8. ^ a b Naylor, Ian (2002). "Inspection report Chailey Heritage School". Ofsted. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  9. ^ "Duchess of Cornwall marks chapel centenary". BBC News. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  10. ^ a b "ST MARTINS CHAPEL, OLD HERITAGE, HERITAGE CRAFTS SCHOOL". Historic England. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  11. ^ Kell, Mike (2009). "Chailey Heritage School inspection report". Ofsted. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  12. ^ Virgo, Sue (1998). "Group Advocacy in a Residential Setting: Chailey Young People's Group". In Robinson, Carol; Stalker, Kirsten (eds.). Growing Up with Disability. Research highlights in social work. Jessica Kingsley. pp. 143–154. ISBN 9781853025686. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  13. ^ Kendrick, A. (2008). Residential Child Care: Prospects and Challenges. Research highlights in social work. Jessica Kingsley. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-84310-526-8. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  14. ^ Sheerman, B. (2006). Special Educational Needs: Third Report of Session 2005-06. HC (Collection) (Grande-Bretagne. Parliament. House of Commons). Stationery Office. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-215-02964-5. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  15. ^ Abbott, C. (2003). Special Educational Needs and the Internet: Issues for the Inclusive Classroom. Taylor & Francis. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-134-49711-9. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  16. ^ a b "Chailey Heritage Clinical Services (CHCS) at Sussex Community services". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  17. ^ "Chailey Heritage Foundation, registered charity no. 1075837". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  18. ^ "Chailey Heritage School - Welcome". 20 February 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  19. ^ "Chailey Heritage School - Trustees". Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Contact and trustees". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  21. ^ Ardern, Peter (2002). When Matron Ruled. London: Peter Hale. p. 204.
  22. ^ a b c d e Rogers, Sarah (2022). 'A Maker of Matrons'? A study of Eva Lückes's influence on a generation of nurse leaders:1880–1919' (Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Huddersfield, April 2022)
  23. ^ "Appointments". The Nursing Times. 2: 209. 10 March 1906 – via
  24. ^ Ethel May Julian, Register of Probationers; RLHLH/N/1/7, 203; Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums, London
  25. ^ Matron’s Annual Letter to Nurses, No.13, Matron's Annual Letter to Nurses, 1894–1916; RLHLH/N/7/2, No.13, March 1906, 28; Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums, London.
  26. ^ Matron’s Annual Letter to Nurses, No.23, Matron's Annual Letter to Nurses, 1894–1916; RLHLH/N/7/2, No.23, May 1916, 31; Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums, London
  27. ^ "Appointments". The British Journal of Nursing. 41: 32. 11 July 1908.
  28. ^ Florence Mary Glover, Register of Probationers; RLHLH/N/1/9, 104; Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums, London
  29. ^ Florence Glover, Register of Sisters and Nurses; RLHLH/N/4/2, 57; Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums, London
  30. ^ Balls, R. (2011). Ian Dury: Sex & Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll. Omnibus Press. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-85712-698-6. Retrieved 10 July 2023. The ethos of Chailey Heritage School was to make the children as independent as possible and the majority of medical staff adopted a tough line regarding their treatment
  31. ^ Treneman, Ann (11 October 1997). "From the age of six weeks to 17, Alison Lapper was one of the 'strange little creatures' of the Chailey Heritage institution". Independent. Retrieved 29 August 2020.

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