General Information

Type of School: Local Authority Maintained Community Special School 

Specialist School & College – SEN Communication & Interaction 

Age Range:  2 – 19 Years
Places: 200
Chair of Governors: Chris Girvan
Headteacher:  Vanessa Hickey 

With the development and opening of Downs View Link College in April 2006, Downs View School has consisted of two large sites, separated by four miles.  In September 2016 Downs View opened new provision for learners from the age of 19 years; Downs View Life Skills College (now a company limited by guarantee).

Below is some general information about the structure and leadership of the organisation which has been put in place to manage this expansion. 

The main site is in Woodingdean

Downs View Woodingdean: Warren Road, Woodingdean, BRIGHTON, East Sussex, BN2 6BB
Telephone: 01273 601680 

Our second site is adjacent to Varndean College; 

Downs View Link College: Surrenden Road, Brighton, BN1 6WQ
Telephone: 01273 507719    Fax: 01273 559751 

Our third site is; 

Downs View Life Skills College: 7 Old London Road, Brighton.  BN1 8XR.
Telephone: 01273 551028 

As Headteacher, to lead and manage Downs View I need to balance my time between our current three sites. To contact me, do telephone the main school number or alternatively my email is 

The school has three deputies who are in charge of the two larger sites on a day to day basis;

Jackie Hutchings – Deputy Head/Secondary – Woodingdean

Juliet Hudson – Deputy Head/Head of Link College – Varndean 

The Life Skills College is lead by a Teacher-in-Charge,

Raul Ortiz – 

There are lead teachers who work across all sites:

Curriculum & Assessment: Jackie Hutchings
Autism: Daniel Whiley
English: Julia Nicholson
Maths: Jackie Hutchings
ICT: Chris Fisher
PSHE: Juliet Hudson
Early Development: Hilary Chappell 

Administratively all business (finance, buildings, personnel, pupil administration) will be managed from the Woodingdean site through Will Taylor (School Business Manager)