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The Flagship School’s ‘Section 10 Consultation’

The Flagship School Trust has been set up to develop a new state funded free school academy in Hastings. This special school will cater for children who have the capacity to reach age related expectations, yet whose neurodiverse profiles, along with additional social, emotional and mental health needs create significant barriers to learning.

It is planned to open in September 2021, as a brand new purpose-built school on the site of the former Helenswood Upper School, on the Ridge.

From today, 19th October, they will be reaching out to as many people as possible who may be impacted by the school; local mainstream schools, parents and carers, local residents, local community organisations, local religious groups and more.

Over the next 6 weeks, they will be sending out 5000 leaflets to homes around the school, running adverts in the Hastings Observer and getting in touch with all their key stakeholders, and more.

Helen Kay, Founder and Chair of Trustees, is keen to hear from as many people as possible; something that is a little more challenging than normal, due to the current Covid19 situation.

“We’ve tried to find ways to get around the standard face-to-face meetings that we would ordinarily have hosted. For example, we’ll be running three online events, so we can still invite large numbers of the public to find out more about us”, she said.

For anyone who would like to get involved, online events will be running on Zoom on the following days:

Wednesday 28th October at 2pm
Saturday 7th November at 10am
Tuesday 10th November at 8pm

If you would like to attend, just send an email to

For anyone who can’t make it, you can still let us know what you think by completing a short survey here.

The consultation will be running for 6 weeks, until 29th November.

If you would like to find out more about the school, please click on the leaflet below.

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