About Mountfield Heath School

Thank you for your interest in our school. We lead a great team of professionals who are committed to providing a caring, structured learning environment in which all pupils can develop academically, socially, emotionally and morally to their full potential.

At Mountfield Heath School we support boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 11 years of age who have a range of social, emotional and mental health needs and also pupils who have been diagnosed with autism or demonstrate behaviours associated with autism. Our aim is very simple: we want to equip every child with the skills, knowledge and confidence that they need to be successful in their future.

Many children come to us with very complex needs, communication difficulties and associated challenging behaviour. We always look beyond the issues and potential barriers to learning and recognise the innate potential within. We invest time with each individual child to recognise and understand their learning needs so that we can put in place the right support package. Our expectations are very high for both behaviour and achievement, because we know that we can help children to reach their potential. With this in mind, we recognise that for many of our children the journey of education so far has been far from easy, which is why we think creatively about our approach to learning. We pride ourselves on preparing our pupils for the next stage of their lives – not just academically but socially and emotionally and all of our pupils are encouraged to reach high standards in every aspect.

 

Facilities and resources

Mountfield Heath School is set in a spacious, site with designated spaces for outdoor learning and large classrooms.

The school is Newly refurbished and all learning spaces are bright and airy with high specification IT resources. The school has designated therapeutic areas and plenty of space for creative and experiential learning to take place.

 

Meet the Head teacher

Lyndsey Jeffries has over 20 years of experience in teaching, initially qualifying as a secondary PE and science teacher she very quickly found her true vocation in working with children with SEN. After completing her NQT year within a mainstream setting Lyndsey moved to a Maintained SEN school in South London catering for children from reception year through to year 11. From there Lyndsey moved to work in a non-maintained residential special school (7yrs-19yrs) for pupils and students with significant speech and language difficulties and other complex special educational needs for the last 6 years, Within this setting Lyndsey held the post of Deputy Head. In 2014 Lyndsey felt the need to reengage with the maintained and mainstream school system taking up a post as SENCO in an extremely challenging primary setting. Her focus was sharing her SEN expertise and working within the SLT team to bring the school from a challenging position to at least ‘Good’. Working back within the mainstream setting has enabled Lyndsey to be fully up to date with the challenges both schools local authorities and particularly parents face when trying to meet the education needs of children with SEN.

Lyndsey is committed to ensuring that every child that joins Mountfield Heath School will experience success in both their educational achievements and their social and emotional development. Lyndsey said ‘Children that join Mountfield Heath will have already faced huge challenges and many would have only experienced failure in previous educational settings. It is our job to ensure that our children develop confidence within themselves and we celebrate every success. Through personalising learning and removal of barriers it is our belief that every child can succeed and experience a positive, safe, healthy, appropriately challenging and happy Education. An Education where children reach their own potential and therefore improve their life chances in future educational setting and the wider community.’