West Heath School
Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1SR, Kent
Who we are
West Heath is an Ofsted Outstanding and award-winning charity set up specifically to support vulnerable children for whom maintained SEN and mainstream schools were unable to meet needs. The school designation of Social, Emotional and Mental Heath only goes a short way to describing the complexity of need of our students. We have up to 130 places, 29 of which are residential, therapeutic centre and training facilities, all based on our 32 acre site in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Who we support
Students referred to us will have seen their mainstream provision break down, some having worked their way through a number of specialist providers unable to meet need or effectively engage with the young person. Others may have come from the Health sector, having been resident in a mental health provision. The SEN diagnosis of our student group is varied, many have a diagnosis of an Austism Spectrum Condition; all our students face challenges with their social communication and interaction with the social world in which they live.
How we support
Our focus is on education, both in terms of academic and personal development. Barriers to learning and the challenges our students face are met rather than avoided, with strategies put in place to support ongoing development. We have a range of therapies on site, working directly with students to meet needs identified from professionals. Therapy is embedded into our curriculum, with Speech and Language and Self Science lessons forming part of the weekly timetable. We have created a number of different learning environments and approaches to education to enable students to successfully access provision and to make learning possible.
What can you study?
We follow the National Curriculum and have a range of options in Key Stage 4. Our facilities are extensive including a professional catering kitchen, sports facilities including tennis courts and swimming pool, expressive arts, including a studio and textiles room. We also offer options including Duke of Edinburgh, animal-based studies and Princes Trust. Study is not limited to the subjects we offer on site, students work toward studying at college with support before finally making the transition to independent study.
Our school has a number of study environments. All our class sizes are small, with a maximum of six per class in Key Stage 3 and eight in Key Stage 4. Students whom are unable to meet the challenges of a general school structure and require a higher level of support and will be based within our Therapeutic Centre, some of our students are unable to keep themselves safe and therefore will study with our offsite team until they are able to meet the challenges of their daily lives.
After West Heath
We are pleased to say that the majority of our learners have positive and successful outcomes. These may include returning to study in a mainstream environment, gaining full time employment or simply being better placed to meet the personal challenges that had previously been barriers to their becoming active members of society.