Heath House

Heath House is the residential department of Heathlands School, providing weekly boarding for both primary and secondary aged pupils. It is set in beautiful grounds near the City centre of St Albans.

The pupils in residence (maximum 20) are organised into groups according to age and gender sharing common rooms, a study area, both shared and single bedrooms.  A self contained kitchen is also available to help pupils develop a sense of responsibility and independence skills.

A four-night weekly boarding cycle operates.  Pupils arrive on Monday mornings and return home on Friday afternoons. A few pupils board on a part time basis. Heath House provides care for pupils whose Special Educational Needs direct that residential provision be made available and the intake is from a wide catchment area, totalling approximately twenty local education authorities as well as Hertfordshire.

Pupils who board at Heathlands do so primarily to enable them to gain access to educational provision appropriate to their needs. The quality of the residential experience must therefore be of the same high standard as their education.

Heath House aims to foster a happy, safe, positive environment in which openness, trust, tolerance and respect support the learning and developmental objectives of all its boarders.

Annual OFSTED inspections are undertaken and each year we have consistently achieved the highest grading of ‘Outstanding’ in every category!  Read our latest and previous OFSTED reports here:

Residential OFSTED report


Meet the Team


Care Policy & Practice

We aim to provide a friendly, comfortable and secure environment where the pupils are safe and happy when they are living away from home. We recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents and endeavour to support students as they keep in touch with their families and carers throughout the week. The Heath House …

Independent Living

One of the most important aims of Heath House is to promote independence in our young people. We want them to develop appropriate skills to prepare them for adulthood. Independence in Heath House involves balancing ‘rights’ with ‘responsibilities’. The children have a right to particular things but a responsibility to use or treat them responsibly. …


Pupil outcomes, as identified by Ofsted include social development, personal development, health, behaviour, happiness and enjoyment, contribution to the residential experience and transition.  These outcomes underpin our everyday practice in the residential department . Progress is  monitored continuously, recorded in pupil files and forms an integral part of the SEN annual review process. Reports are …


Heath House provides a safe, secure and well resourced environment for the weekly boarders at Heathlands. We try to create a “home from home” so the children are actively involved in the planning and organisation of their environment. They choose colour schemes; furniture and activity areas are designed in response to pupil requests. Boys and …

British Values in Heath House