Type of School: Local Authority Maintained Community Special School
Specialist School & College – SEN Communication & Interaction
Age Range: 2 – 19 Years
Chair of Governors: Chris Girven
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 from September). In 2018, we merged with the Cedar Centre to form Downs View Hollingdean. This site will be geographically merged with the Woodingdean site during the Autumn term.
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 four sites. To contact me, do telephone the main school number or alternatively my email is email@example.com.
The school has three deputies who are in charge of the two larger sites on a day to day basis;
Bea Freeborn – Deputy Head/Primary – Woodingdean
Jackie Hutchings – Deputy Head/Secondary – Woodingdean
Juliet Hudson – Acting Deputy Head/Head of Link College – Varndean
The Life Skills College is lead by a Teacher-in-Charge,
Raul Ortiz. firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lead teachers who work across all sites:
Curriculum & Assessment: Beatriz Freeborn
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)