Welcome to Newhaven Educational Support Team (NEST)

Newhaven Educational Support is an area of Newhaven School which educates secondary students who are unable to attend mainstream school due to psychological health or physical conditions. Our aim is to minimise disruption to students’ lives by continuing education as normally as the student’s illness allows.

This means that we engage their mainstream school in creating a plan to address the student’s needs, and work towards reintegration into their mainstream school if this is possible and appropriate.  We firmly believe that mainstream school is the best place for all students, if at all possible. If return to mainstream is not possible, then we support through a broad and balanced curriculum and staff who have expertise in a wide range of physical and psychological health needs. We then re-integrate students into Post 16 education or training.

We work closely with Post 16 providers and the students to gain the wider world experiences to ensure a smooth transition. Newhaven staff also work closely with mainstream school, medical staff, Social Care, and have an especially close relationship with CAMHS. At NEST, we have worked hard to create an ethos of positive energy, steeped in Trauma Informed Practice and mindfulness, which is friendly and inclusive, creating an environment that is conducive to learning and progression both academically and socially.

Educational Support

Newhaven offers all students the chance to study English, Maths, Science, a Humanities subject, a Technology and an Arts subject. At KS4 we offer a range of options to choose from which allows students to develop in areas of interest to prepare them for Post 16 education. Some students may undertake studies at their mainstream school, if this is appropriate.

Externally accredited exams and/or qualifications are offered in all subjects. These include GCSE, BTEC and AQA awards. All courses lead to externally accredited exams which are GCSEs or equivalent. We plan which subjects are studied and what support is needed with the student and their family, to ensure that they have the qualifications they need to move forward in their lives.

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