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(UK) Woodingdean: Special school for "autism, complex issues" hopes to expand

Nov 7, 2023, Brighton and Hove News: More pupils could be admitted if new classrooms built at special school

S. England

A school for SEND pupils in Woodingdean hopes to build a new block of classrooms

A school for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is hoping to admit more pupils and expand its teaching space.

Downs View Special School in Warren Road, Woodingdean has applied to demolish the unused caretaker’s building, and build a portakabin classroom complete with a decking area.

If accepted the school would be able to take an extra seven pupils – taking the total to 16 – and employ five additional staff members.

The new building would create two new classrooms, each with kitchen facilities and an associated break out room for each classroom, as well as a shared sensory room.

The planning statement said: “The local authority has recognised the need to increase educational provision for pupils with severe learning difficulties, autism and complex needs within the city.

“This will increase classroom capacity for Key Stage 1 pupils and enable Downs View to meet SEND need more effectively.

“The additional enhanced resource at Downs View Secondary School will provide suitable educational provision for young people with severe learning difficulties, autism and complex needs….


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