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About Us

The school was established in September 2021 by a highly qualified and experienced team.

The school’s team has long-term experience in admitting independent day pupils since September 2006, originally as a response to individual parents of locally excluded or vulnerable students who were unable to manage in mainstream schools, mixed schools or boy-dominated Pupil Referral Units or Special Schools.

Day pupils usually have an Education Health and Care Plan for SEMH, or ASD. 

The school has the capacity to deliver an outstanding curriculum and Special Educational Needs provision.

For current school policies and procedures please see our Policies page or contact

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Our Aims

Burstow Park School aims to work cooperatively with other agencies to help children and young people whose lives have been severely disrupted and where plans for their care or education require the intervention of safeguarding services or specialist education.

Our purpose is to deliver to Local Authorities comprehensive needs led packages of Care and Education or stand alone services for vulnerable young people with complex needs.

Our aims:

  • Remain as a small organisation delivering individualised services, where those services are carefully matched to the individual needs of each child or young person.
  • Meet and strive to exceed the standards set nationally for our services
  • Provide children and young people with environments and nurturing relationships that will promote achievement, enjoyment and the resolution of past problems and difficulties.
  • Maintain our preferred provider status wherever possible with the many local authorities we work with.

Our Values

  • Diversity among our children, young people, staff.
  • Equality of opportunity to access services and for the personal development of children and staff
  • Safeguarding of children and adults, in their living, learning and working environments, where there is awareness of risk, and the promotion of risk minimising arrangements
  • Enthusiasm of children and young people and staff to embrace opportunities and follow their dreams
  • Respect for each other within the school and for other people in our community, and showing this through our behaviour and communication.
  • Cooperation in how we live, work and learn, with people of different ages and in partnership with other professionals and services
  • Achievement of children and young people in their learning , work and leisure, the small steps towards a bigger goal, qualifications and awards, and the success of completing a task and developing a new skill.
  • Honesty between adults, children and young people in how we communicate and the messages we give one another both within the school and with others in the community and in other organisations.


The safeguarding of children and young people is our top priority. Our work follows policies and procedures that include how we vet our staff, how we work with young people individually and in groups, how we respond to concerns, allegations and complaints, and how we promote an ethos where whistle-blowing is an accepted aspect of safeguarding practice. Our policies also demonstrate how we work in partnership with local authority LADOs and Local Police Authorities to keep children and young people safe and how we follow the procedures of local safeguarding boards. Managing risk is a fundamental aspect of all of our services to children and young people, and processes for risk assessment and for minimising risk are present across all of our work.

Children and Young people will be listened to by our qualified staff, who are provided with training and guidance in listening, recording and reporting on children’s concerns, complaints or allegations.

All our staff are subject to regular enhanced checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.