About Headlands


Expectations are everything




Based in Penarth, South Wales, Headlands School is a co-educational independent special school that offers day and residential placements for students aged 7 – 19.  Our students have difficulty learning as a result of their emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.  Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Aspergers Syndrome.

We help develop young people’s emotional wellbeing and social skills.  Our aim is to develop students to be effective learners so they are able to cope better with the things they find challenging.  We do this through a focus on establishing positive and healthy relationships, emotional wellbeing and developing social skills.

We regard ourselves as an attachment aware school.  Our approach with our young people is informed by attachment principles which are woven throughout the work all staff carry out within both the education and residential setting.

Headlands School is part of the children’s charity Action for Children which supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected young people and their families, through around 600 services across the UK.  This includes a portfolio of short breaks, fostering and adoption services, family centers, transitional services and residential care services.  As one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, our priority is to put children at the heart of everything we do.

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