An independent specialist school in Horsham has announced plans to expand because of a growing demand for ‘specialist social, emotional and mental health support.’
The school - Hillcrest Slinfold - is changing from a boys-only secondary school to a mixed school for pupils aged from seven to 18.
The school, which has places for 24 children, is also changing its name to Hillcrest Manor House.
School officials say that extending the age range of pupils “recognises that early intervention and support are crucial to helping children with social, emotional and mental health needs achieve their potential and now also offers placements to younger children aged 7-11.
“With escalating numbers of primary children with social, emotional and mental health needs facing exclusion and huge gaps in their education, demand for support at this early stage is higher than ever.
“Post 16 placements are also now offered at Hillcrest Manor House, providing vital support and continuity to those students unable to attend college full time.”
Students themselves contributed ideas for the school’s name change as well as a new uniform.
Head teacher Alison Dobbie said: “We are thrilled to be providing extended opportunities for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs and our new name reflects these changes.
“Hillcrest Manor House projects an image of solidity and dependability – fundamental to our students’ needs.”