About Us

The Quest School was founded in September 2003 to provide a specialist school for pupils with autism.
Children and young people with autism have specific and distinct needs, and they and their families deserve an education that is right for them.

At Quest School, the pupils always come first and we strive to help them reach their full potential, to maximise their opportunities to access and integrate into mainstream community life to the greatest possible extent, for the benefit of themselves and their families.

The Quest School is committed to providing a fully inclusive environment, which recognises and meets diversity of need. Each pupil is valued as being special and unique, with their own rich mix of abilities, strengths and talents. Whilst recognising that they all have difficulties to overcome, we are committed to enabling them to get the most out of life.

We create a positive, caring environment, where self esteem is high and the children are happy, stimulated and motivated to learn.

We set high expectations for ourselves and our pupils, always promoting personal growth and responsibility.

We offer our pupils a full and wide ranging educational experience, whilst maintaining a clear focus on skills that are essential for their personal development and well being, such as communication, behaviour and independence skills.

We have a distinctive teaching methodology, based on fundamental principles of behaviour science, and a curriculum specifically designed for our pupils’ individual needs.

We provide personal and individualised plans for all our pupils, with input from a team of professionals, comprising Teachers, Behaviour Consultants, Speech & Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Teaching is delivered in either ‘one to one’ or small group teaching sessions, and is implemented by highly skilled and trained staff.

The Quest School, a ‘non-profit making’ registered charity, is governed by a Board of Management and supervised by an independent Board of Trustees.

We are proud of what is being achieved at Quest, and feel privileged to belong to such a special, supportive and successful community.





The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day. Kent County Council (KCC), Kent Police and nominated Key Adults at The Quest School will work together to make sure that a child at Quest is supported appropriately and sensitively.


Operation Encompass was initially launched in Plymouth in February 2011 to address a shortcoming in the early sharing of information with schools. Since then several pilots have been set up across the UK, including the North East, and has proved to be very successful in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. Pilots across the UK have reported positive outcomes for many children and young people. Kent Police and many schools in the county are taking part in the scheme, to help provide additional support which will benefit children and young people in Kent and improve multi-agency sharing of information.


At The Quest School, Ashley Carter-Mepsted is our Operation Encompass Key Adult. They will be notified PRIOR to the start of the next school day that a child has experienced an incident of Domestic Abuse that the police have attended. Where children were present, witnessed or involved in a domestic abuse incident and aged between 4 and 16 years old, the officer will send this information to the Council’s Initial Contact and Referral Team who will then send this information in a secure format to Mrs Ashley Carter-Mepsted.

The information is given in strict confidence to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. This information is shared on school days during school term and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or over a holiday period, the police will contact the council the following Monday. It is the responsibility of the Key Adult to cascade the necessary awareness training to Governors and all staff so that there is knowledge of the scheme as well as the knowledge about Domestic Abuse and its impact upon children.

For more information about Operation Encompass, please contact Mrs Ashley Carter-Mepsted.


Quest is an exceptional school where our son is thriving. He has never been happier and neither have we.

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