Children at a special needs school have had a fantastic festive finish to the winter term.

Students at Chailey Heritage Foundation in North Chailey, near Lewes had a surprise visit from Father Christmas as a number of events were arranged to ring in the Christmas holidays.

Headteacher Simon Yates said: "We planned a series of festive events which our pupils absolutely loved.

Students took part in a wide range of activities, from pantomimes to wreath making.

The Argus: Anastasia, a student at Chailey, gets a visit from Father ChristmasAnastasia, a student at Chailey, gets a visit from Father Christmas (Image: Chailey Heritage Foundation)

These included a Polar Express sensory experience, making the 12 days of Christmas video in Makaton, and festive dancing.

Mr Yates said: "You could see from the many smiling faces that everyone had a great rewarding time.

"The Polar Express sensory experience was a particular highlight where the conductor came round to stamp their tickets and they were off on the train to the North Pole.

"The pupils enjoyed hot chocolate and refreshments on the train as well as feeling the cold, crisp snow and experiencing the Northern Lights.

"Finally, they arrived and gathered around the Christmas Tree to listen to Christmas music.

"This really brought Christmas to life for everyone."

The charity thank their staff, volunteers and young people for all their hard work this year, wishing them a "fantastic" festive break.