History of Quest

The school started with 3 pupils, and was first located in two small classrooms at the back of the village hall in Offham.

The original founding Board of Directors consisted of the parents of those first three pupils. As parents, we were united in our quest to find the right educational provision for our own children. Prior to starting the school, we had all used an ABA programme in our homes with our own children. We were convinced of its effectiveness as a teaching methodology. Having experienced non-ABA schooling for our children, we were certain that an ABA school provided the best opportunity to develop the potential of our children.

As the school slowly began to develop its reputation as a place of specialism for autism, local authorities became interested in placing and funding pupils at the school. Gradually the number of pupils on roll and funded by local authorities began to grow.

We were beginning to need a larger and more permanent building and joined forces with local farmer Stephen Betts. Stephen was in the process of developing one of his redundant farm buildings; this became the site of our new school: The Old Stables, Church Farm. We moved into this beautifully restored building in January 2007, with 7 pupils on the school roll.

The school continued to grow and develop, taking a broad spectrum of pupils across the age and ability range, requiring a development of ongoing staff skills.

As the school roll grew we began again to look for larger premises. The site at Ryarsh Park became available as a temporary premises, into which we moved in April 2010, with then 13 pupils on roll. Quest School would wish to acknowledge the support and generosity of the Laing O’Rourke Group for all their assistance at Ryarsh Park.

As a result of having larger premises now, at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, we have again been able to extend the number of pupils on roll, being now registered for 25 pupils.