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Project worker with disabled boy

"Before Headlands, I found it a real struggle to be able to communicate with other people in my peer group or around my age. Without Headlands, I don’t think I would ever have made it this far." Read Rob's story here

We have an innovative and unique approach to teaching and caring for children and young people with the most profound and challenging needs.

Our two schools, Headlands -Vale of Glamorgan and Parklands Campus - Oxfordshire offer a secure developing environment for all pupils. 

Our schools at a glance

Schools Age Gender Provision Boarding Special needs Membership
Headlands, Vale of Glamorgan 8-19 Mixed Independent special school Yes, term time only ADD, ADHD, AS,ASD, ASP,Comm Diff, BESD, DYS, MLD, SP&LD, TOU NASEN, The National Autistic Society, NASS
Parklands Campus, Oxfordshire 11-19 Mixed A non-maintained special school offering day, residential, fostering and outreach services Yes NA NASS


"Action for Children's Penhurst School in Chipping Norton closed in May 2013"

An expert, dedicated and experienced team provides education that is adapted to pupils' individual abilities. This, alongside a careful and considered assessment process, specialist support network and a partnership approach ensures that we can meet the needs of each and every child.  Our commitment to working effectively with the most challenging children and young people has enabled us to achieve consistently excellent outcomes for our pupils.

We believe in a long-term approach, not a quick fix. We are committed to supporting children and young people for as long as it takes to help them make positive changes in their lives, so they can achieve their full potential.

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Something exciting is happening in Oxfordshire
Action for Children is developing a new innovative special school in Oxfordshire which offers day, residential, fostering and outreach services for young people (girls and boys) with complex needs. Launching in September 2011, the project aims to help young people build positive relationships, be healthy, safe and successfully achieve. The school is being developed on the site currently occupied by Spires School.