Engage is an area within the Gardens site which has been established for those students who need more flexibility and pastoral support within their working day.

Engage is a supportive and empowering setting that aims to dismantle the many obstacles that young people face during their time in education. This is achieved by providing the students in Engage with an education that is of high quality in nurturing and trauma informed practice which in turn will help to develop their self-esteem and life skills in order to improve their life and academic outcomes.

Pupils are referred by the multi-disciplinary team at Newhaven. Some students may have a brief stay at Engage, returning to the Gardens for the rest of their education whilst others may find that this area of the school fits their needs better.

Engage Timings

Structured differently to the rest of the school, pupils attend Engage either from 9am to 12pm, or 12pm to 2:30pm. The timings of the lessons are shorter in comparison to the Gardens, lessons typically last for 25-30 minutes and then students will move on to the next lesson.

Lessons are run either by the Head of Engage or subject specific teachers in a calm and soothing environment. Work is highly differentiated with lots of opportunities for 1:1 support.


Students in Engage are provided the opportunity to study the following subjects:

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Maths
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Food
  • RSHE
  • Independent Living Skills

In addition to the academic subjects offered in Engage, students will also have the opportunity to attend Shooters Hill College every Thursday to study either:

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Catering
  • Hair & Beauty
  • I.T

In Engage students will also be provided with the option to attend a regular work experience programme, they will discuss with the Head of Engage what their areas of interest are and with support from Newhaven’s CIEAG Lead a placement will be sourced.


Head of Engage: Ms S Duplock

LSA & Instructor: Mr B Ojo