The charity behind renowned Chailey Heritage School has changed its name to reflect the new ways it helps youngsters prepare for the outside world.
It is now called the Chailey Heritage Foundation, running three distinct services from the site off the A272 at North Chailey.
The Heritage has taught many generations of young people faced with physical challenges and enabled them to move on to independent lives.
The newest part of its work is called Futures@Chailey Heritage. This helps youngsters make the transition to adulthood and independence.
The section offers a mix of accommodation, for some students, and life skills provision for the wider community of young adults with disabilities, aged 19-25.
Another section, Chailey Heritage School, teaches youngsters aged three to 19 with complex physical disabilities and health needs.
And a third, called Chailey Heritage Children’s Home, offers specialist residential care for pupils of the school. The Heritage once had connections with a large Heritage medical complex with wards off the Chailey to Sheffield Park road. And there was once a dormitory section across the road from the school, though both closed long ago when all services were centred on the present A272 site.
The charity says the change has been made in recognition of the evolving nature of the work it does. nd it is also in response to the changing needs of the children and young adults in the community with physical disabilities.
Since the start of the 20th century the Heritage earned a world-wide reputation for helping youngsters with problems like limb deformities from Thalidomide, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy.
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