Heath Farm School was opened in 1993, and for many years it has been a positive force in re-engaging young people in their learning.
The school occupies a beautiful rural site in Charing Heath, Kent. The school buildings have been designed to make a conscious connection between the environment and the development of the learner.
The school is an independent, co-educational, day school approved for up to 106 students from 5-18 years old who for a variety of reasons have not been able to sustain mainstream education. Students generally have social, emotional and mental health difficulties and a range of additional learning difficulties including ASD, SLCN, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ODD, issues which require CAMHS involvement and Attachment Disorder. The majority of students are brought into school either by minibus or taxi from a wide area of the county and taught in small classes with a high level of support.
The school works to help young people achieve their maximum personal potential in all academic and social spheres. It guides them to enter the world with a strong sense of self-worth and a sense of themselves as part of the wider community and it encourages them to develop respect for themselves and for others as well as the self-confidence to strive to achieve high standards in every aspect of their lives.
Many of the young people who attend Heath Farm School also attend therapy provided by directly employed team of Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapist as well as contracting a large number of Psychotherapists to carry out specialist work with our students. The school also benefits from the support of a Consultant Educational Psychologist who works alongside the teaching staff to supports young people in accessing education.
Young people are grouped according to age and academic and social development in small classes with a high staff to student ratio. The school welcomes students of any ethnicity, religious or social background. Parents and carers are encouraged to become part of the school community, contributing to its life and development.
Alongside the dedicated curriculum and wellbeing development of students, the site also allows us to give our students the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables in the school allotments, and to take part in vocational activities in workshops and kitchen spaces.