Welcome to Downs View Hollingdean

Our approach
At Downs View our fundamental aim is the provision of a high quality of education for the pupils in our care, but education in a positive, secure and caring environment. Our absolute commitment to quality has been demonstrated through our outstanding inspection judgments in 2009, 2012 and 2016 attaining SEN Specialist Schools Status in Communication & Interaction (September 2009), and the Research Charter Mark in 2011.

Click here to read the published report

Our pupils
At the heart of our success is the high quality of our staff relationships with the broader family not just the child. The needs of the individual pupil are paramount and thanks to the generous staff/pupil ratio, they can be planned and catered for. Students at our Downs View Hollingdean School are aged 6 to 16 and have moderate learning difficulties, complex needs and autism/ADHD. Class sizes vary but an average class would compromise, one teacher plus three teaching assistants with seven or eight pupils.

The coming year
As a result of the review and reorganisation of Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) provision in the City, by September 2020, our school in Hollingdean will close to merge with our Downs View Woodingdean school. For more information about future developments, click here.

Over the coming months, our Woodingdean site will be refurbished and extended to enable all school age pupils (2 to 16) to come together onto one site able to accommodate up to 155 pupils.

Building work in Woodingdean started in July 2019 and is expected to complete well in time for the merging of both schools in September 2020.

We will work closely with all parents, carers, staff and pupils to keep them informed of all the changes and how they may be affected.