Fountain Head House School

Fountain Head House School in Saltash, Cornwall, is a Co-Educational Special Needs Day School for children with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) providing a personalised, fulfilling and therapeutic wraparound education programme for all children. Fountain Head House School is focused on delivering excellence for all children who attend the school.

Fountain Head House School proudly hosts an in-house therapy team, who together with the education team, follow a therapeutic educational approach that promotes the development of Emotional Wellbeing, Cognitive Knowledge and Functional Skills of all pupils. Helping to reduce barriers to learning, whilst developing confidence and self-esteem, this therapeutic approach sets pupils up for the next step in their education and skills for life.

Pupils are supported to acquire the independence, self-development and work/career management skills they need to achieve positive employment destinations, to improve their life opportunities and to have a productive and fulfilling life beyond school.

The school’s mission is ‘through engaging, innovative and bespoke approaches to learning, to provide pupils with fulfilling and meaningful experiences that prepare them for the next steps in their education and skills for life’. The School’s Vision is ‘to be recognised as a centre of excellence for the education of pupils who present primarily with cognitive, communication and sensory needs’.

Fountain Head House School was founded by Sir Peter Birkett, an entrepreneur and educator with more than 30 years experience in the education sector. Sir Peter learned of an FE College campus that was due to close that was perfectly positioned to welcome pupils from Saltash and Plymouth alike, and together with Dr Julie Smith (Chair of Governors) Fountain Head House School was created and opened in 2021. Since this point the school has gone from strength to strength continuing to develop and grow.