About Heathlands

Since 1975 Heathlands has been providing outstanding education for deaf children and young people. The school’s vision statement “Become the best you can be” is applied to all we do. We set high expectations for pupils, encouraging each child to achieve academically, develop independence and to contribute positively in their communities. This requires a child centred and flexible approach so that individual needs are identified and supported.  Pupils’ progress is carefully assessed and monitored from the learning journals used with youngest children through to tracking of KS4 students’ achievement of their GCSE target grades.

Heathlands has recently undergone substantial change. It is now a single site school for deaf pupils of all ages offering both day and weekly boarding provision. The school is structured in three departments: Lower (including nursery), Middle and Upper schools ensuring that a curriculum and educational experience suited to each age range is offered. Running through all three departments is an emphasis on Communication, Language and Literacy; the foundation stones for the effective education of deaf children. Our Teachers of the Deaf have specialist training in language development and incorporate this in lesson delivery whatever the subject. Specialist Speech and Language therapists will undertake assessments of pupils’ needs then design and deliver tailor made intervention programmes. This, combined with our attention to children’s audiological needs and our expertise in British Sign Language, is brought together in a Total Communication approach.

In addition to its school provision Heathlands has a specialist British Sign Language Training Centre opened in 2009 by Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham. We have state of the art training facilities and a committed staff team who offer a range of courses to the general public, schools and community groups achieving excellent results. Special classes are available every week to parents of deaf children.

I hope you enjoy looking through our website and that it conveys the friendly, supportive approach we have to ensuring excellence. However there is nothing like seeing the real thing! We warmly welcome parents and carers to visit by making an appointment with the school office. It will be our pleasure to discuss what Heathlands can offer and we look forward to meeting you.

Deborah Jones-Stevens
Head Teacher

School Ethos

“Become the best you can be” School Ethos: Aspiration and Achievement for All At Heathlands our pupils are at the heart of all we do. We aim to equip our young people for life; to be flexible, adaptable, resilient and to relish a challenge. Pupils need to develop respect, tolerance and all the skills necessary …

Ofsted

We are delighted that Heathlands was graded “outstanding” in all categories during its Ofsted inspection of 26-27 September 2017. Please click on the link below to see the full report. Quotes from the 2017 Report: Leadership “Leaders at all levels are relentless in their pursuit of excellence.  They are committed to ensuring that deaf pupils …

School Development

Every year the school evaluates its work and sets new targets for development which are contained in the School Development Plan. Heathlands’ vision statement “Become the best you can be” runs through all aspects of the SDP. In addition to strategic aims we set targets for pupils’ achievement, teaching and learning, pastoral care, and plan …

SEN and Admissions

Heathlands is a community Special School for Deaf children aged 3-16 maintained by Hertfordshire County Council with aspirations to provide 16+ education. Heathlands acts as a regional resource centre and welcomes enquiries from parents across the UK. Applications are usually made through the child’s Local Authority but we welcome visits from parents/carers. If parents feel …

Staff

Head Teacher: Mrs D Jones-Stevens, NPQH Deputy Head Teacher: Mr J Hazrati Assistant Head Teacher (Lower School): Miss S Head Assistant Head Teacher (Pastoral Care): Mrs S Shields SENCO: Mrs L Reeves Costi Lower School Upper School Heath House Residential Admin Teachers Mrs S Brinsden Ms A Hayes Miss N Kerntiff Mrs L McGarry Mrs …

Governors

Name Category Appointed by Committee Term Relevant Interests Julia Trueman Chair of Governors Governing Body Resources, Curriculum & Pupil Welfare 24.4.15 – 23.4.19 Member of Ridgeway Learning Partnership Multi Academy Trust Rona Tutt Co-opted Governing Body Curriculum & Pupil Welfare 24.4.15 – 23.4.19 Governor at The Valley School Richard Weinbaum Co-opted Governing Body Curriculum & Pupil …

School Prospectus

Please click on this link to view a full copy of the Heathlands School Prospectus.                

Results & Achievements

End of KS2 Results 2017 Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in Reading Writing and Maths -0% Average progress in Reading -6.0 Average progress in Writing -2.7 Average progress in Maths -7.0 Percentage of pupils achieving a high level of attainment in Reading Writing and Maths 0% Average scaled score in Reading 104.0 Average …

British Values

In line with recent guidance Heathlands aims to promote and develop British Values in all its pupils so that they can become responsible and contributory citizens. This is fundamental to the SMSC of our school. We share the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values as: democracy the rule of law individual liberty mutual …

Vacancies

We are a Safer Recruiting School Please note that applicants for jobs will require BSL Level 2 unless stated otherwise.  This is a minimum requirement and all staff are expected to continue training to progress to level 3 or above. Our children are all taught using BSL. Heathlands is committed to safeguarding pupils and all …

Lettings

The School Business Manager is responsible for the administration and management of lettings. Applications for lettings must be made to the School Business Manager on the Heathlands Lettings Application Form (below).  Please refer to the lettings policy for further information and guidance.

Contact Us

Heathlands Main Office Mrs C Dicks (secretary) will direct your query to the correct person. Telephone: 01727 807807 Text  Number: 07860 004370 Fax: 01727 867228 E Mail: admin@heathlands.herts.sch.uk Address: Heathlands Drive, St Albans, Herts, AL3 5AY Heath House (Weekly boarders) Mrs S Shields – Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral Care) Telephone: 01727 807824 Mobile/Text Phone: 07932 248565 E Mail: …