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Brighton and Hove want your views on the proposed re-organisations of special schools in the city

29 March 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council has begun formal consultation on its plans to reorganise the city’s special schools and pupil referral units.

The council proposes to keep the same number of special school places for children and young people but to reorganise the provision as follows:

  • Merge Hillside Special School and Downs Park Special School to form an integrated hub in the west of the city. The provision will be for pupils aged 2 – 18 years with learning difficulties, and will operate from both of the current school sites but under one leadership team and governing body.
  • Merge Downs View Special School and Cedar Centre to create an integrated hub in the east of the city. The provision will be for pupils aged 2 – 19 years with learning difficulties, and will be based on the current sites of Downs View School which will be extended as necessary.
  • Bring together the provision currently made by Homewood College, the Connected Hub, and the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) to create an integrated city wide hub. The provision will be for pupils 4-18 with social, emotional and mental health needs, and is likely to operate from Lynchet Close and Homewood sites, but under cohesive leadership arrangements.

You can read more about the proposals and have your say at:  

The consultation closes on 8th May.

Consultation events for parents

The council is also holding consultation events for parent carers of children who currently attend special schools. These meetings will be at the schools themselves and will give parent carers a chance to hear more about the proposed changes and ask questions:

  • Cedar Centre – Tues 25th April,  1.30pm to 2.45pm
  • Downs Park – Tues 25th April, 7 to 8pm
  • Downs View – Tues 25th April, 10am to 11.30am
  • Hillside – Thurs 4th May, 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Homewood College – Mon 24th April all day, as part of Target Setting.

And there’s one further meeting for anyone who can’t make these dates or who is not currently linked to one of the schools:

  • Amaze, Community Base, Mon 8th May, 10.30am to 12 noon

Amaze and/or the Parent Carers’ Council hopes to be at all the consultation events, helping you to express your concerns and communicate your views.

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