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Seax Trust

Seax Trust

Seax Trust

Seax Trust

The Hawthorns School

AddressThe Hawthorns School, Fox Crescent, Chelmsford, CM2 2BN
Phone Number01245 207607
HeadteacherDiane Rigg
Ofsted Report 


We are delighted to be opening a new school for children with autism between the ages of 7 and 16 in the centre of Chelmsford in January 2023. 


We are dedicated to each individual pupil’s academic and personal progress within a rich, evolving and purposeful curriculum, which supports wellbeing alongside learning and achievement. All our pupils will have the development of their social communication skills as a core need as well as requiring adaptations to engage with learning. The promotion of these skills will, therefore, be at the heart of everything we do. 


Our commitment is to work together with families to prepare our young people for adulthood with the skills, knowledge, confidence and understanding to navigate our complex world.


We will continually strive to provide high quality learning experiences so pupils can engage and learn alongside the support they require to succeed and achieve.


The Hawthorns strives to be an inclusive and welcoming place, where pupils can build lifelong skills and confidence that will enable them to be happy, healthy citizens who contribute to society.  Through our development of a deep understanding of individual needs, together with positive and boundaried relationships, we will empower our pupils to thrive and be successful.

I hope you find the website helpful and I look forward to hearing from you.


With very best wishes,


Mrs Diane Rigg, Headteacher


Just to let you know - we are currently looking for a range of staff, particularly:

  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • HLTA
  • LSAs

This is a unique chance for staff to help us together, shape our vision, culture, values and curriculum, so don’t delay and get in touch with us - contact details are at the bottom of the page and you can also apply through the website:

We are a school for children with autism and a real opportunity for a speech and language therapist to help shape a service with opportunities to train and help influence the direction of the school.  Not many opportunities come along like this!

Are you working as a member of support staff with some experience of SEND and autism who wants progression or to develop their experience?  Maybe you should consider applying for the HLTA role.  You never know what you can do! 

If you are an LSA with an interest in SEND and autism then please do apply. You don’t necessarily need extensive experience as we will support your development and training. Maybe you work in the care sector or maybe you volunteer somewhere and are looking for further fulfilment?

We are a supportive team already developing who work in a spirit of community and support for each other.  This may just be the place where you can gain further experience within a caring environment as part of a very supportive Trust committed to the future of young people.

Talk to us if you want to find out more

Contact Us

  • Tel:

    01245 963 000
  • SEAX Trust Head Office, Grove House School

    Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BZ

  • SEAX Trust Head Office is a company registered in England and Wales.

    Company registration no. 07747149, Registered offices Seax Trust Head Office,

    Grove House School, Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 9BZ