Head's Welcome

Welcome to the Flagship School in Hastings. We are happy to have recently joined the Beckmead Trust’s group of special schools.  Currently we are waiting to move into our new purpose-built school, which will offer a wider range of specialist  facilities for all our young people.  The school is situated on the Ridge, close to the centre of Hastings and Hastings Beach, which offer a wealth of opportunities that we intend to use to further enrich our curriculum offer.

I am incredibly honoured, as the Interim Headteacher, to have the opportunity to support the development of the school in its early journey. Throughout my teaching career I have always worked to better the teaching and curriculum experiences offered to children and young people. I have worked as a teacher in mainstream schools and special schools, and as an interim headteacher in all three countries within Great Britain. Additionally, I have worked with a range of Local Authorities in England, as well as working for a number of years as an Ofsted Inspector, always with a focus on school improvement for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

When the time comes for a substantive headteacher to take over this young school, I am certain that, with the support of the Beckmead Trust, the school will go from strength to strength.

Like the school, this website is in its infancy and will continue to develop as the school grows. The intention is to populate it with useful information for parents, pupils and those in the process of choosing a school for their child.

Enrolment in the school is through East Sussex Children’s Services, with all children and young people in the school having an EHCP.

Alastair Burnett

Head Teacher

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The Ridge

East Sussex

TN34 2AE

Phone Number:
01424 311 023

Head Teacher: Alastair Burnett

Deputy Head: Josh Gilbey