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A statutory notice has been issued to close the Cedar Centre Community Special School from July 2018.

This is part of the Local Authority's changes to SEND provision in Brighton and Hove. 

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Special School and PRU Reorganisation Newsletter 14.5.18

Latest update below from the Local Authority on the development of the new hubs for special needs and alternative provision education:


This bulletin updates schools and stakeholders on the re-organisation of specialist provision in the city.

The LA conducted a review of special educational needs and disability (SEND) in 2014 and from this produced a plan to re-develop specialist provision for children and young people with SEND in the city.  A range of consultations have led to the following plans:

  • To create three specialist ‘hubs’ from our existing six special schools and two PRUs  - two hubs for children and young people with learning difficulties and one for social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH)
  • Each hub to offer extended day and enhanced health provision as well as additional family support
  • To create a new secondary Special Facility for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASC)
  • To find a mainstream nursery to host and integrate the specialist provision at the Jeanne Saunders Nursery
  • To provide more choice in post 19 education now that the LA is responsible for provision for young people up to 25 years if they have Education, Health and Care Plans and would benefit from further education.

The new hubs

Far-reaching changes to Brighton & Hove’s special schools are about to take place. We have been re-designing our existing six special schools and two Pupil Referral Units into three ‘hubs’ offering enhanced education, health support and extended day provision on each hub site. We are doing this to achieve our vision to improve an integrated education, health and care offer for our most vulnerable young people and extend the support we can offer to families. Since the reorganisation of our provision was finally approved by the Children, Young People and Skills Committee in September 2017, everyone has been working hard so that the new hubs can begin work in September 2018 but the full project will not be complete until July 2020.

The hubs have been formed from mergers of the existing schools and PRUs as follows:

Western Hub (Learning Difficulties) - Hillside and Downs Park 

Eastern Hub (Learning Difficulties) – Downs View and Cedar Centre 

Central Hub (Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs) – Homewood College, Brighton and Hove PRU and The Connected Hub PRU – the two PRUs are merging to form one. 

Leadership of the Hubs

The new governing bodies for the east and west hubs have been created and governors are working hard with senior leaders, parents, LA officers and other partners to put in place the operational detail to make the vision for the new hubs a reality.

The newly appointed Executive Headteachers are:

Rachel Burstow – Western Hub (to be renamed Hill Park School from September 2018)

Adrian Carver - Eastern Hub (will retain Downs View as the name of the provision)

Louise Cook – SEMH Hub (consideration of name pending)

The merger of the two Management Committees for the two pupil referral units (Brighton and Hove PRU and The Connected Hub) is now complete and they are also represented on Homewood College’s Governing Body. This will support successful collaborative working between the PRUs and the SEMH Hub in the future.

Admissions and Pupil Numbers

We will maintain the overall number of special school and PRU places across the city and consolidate provision so that it runs more efficiently and more sustainably into the future. There will be no reduction in the number of places available. 

The hubs will continue to meet a similar range of pupil need as the individual schools did historically. This means that in the future the East and West Hubs will make provision for a wider spectrum of need, including those with complex needs, severe and multiple learning difficulties. The SEMH Hub will cater for those with social, emotional and mental health needs and challenging behaviour. 

As before, admissions to the hubs will continue to be through the statutory process. The SEND panel, on which schools and parents are represented, will continue to play a pivotal role in decision making.

It is intended that the hubs will broaden their reach, so that pupils with severe and complex needs, whose parents have opted for a mainstream school place, can also benefit from the additional services (ie the extended day and short breaks) that will be delivered through the hubs. The executive heads for the hubs are currently considering how this would best work.


We have secured £7.5 million to spend on enlarging and improving the sites for all hubs. Architects are working on the designs for the hubs, and we expect most building work to be completed by September 2020. Until then, in order to keep things as stable as possible for existing pupils, they will mainly continue to attend their current site. 

Patcham House

This school is closing at the end of the academic year. The small group of remaining pupils are all in Year 11 so when the school closes in July 2018 there will be no pupils on roll.  Pupils who would formerly have been considered for Patcham House will be offered provision in the new hubs or in one of our Special Facilities in our mainstream secondary schools.  Every effort will be made to seek redeployment opportunities for the remaining staff who have made such a valuable contribution to the education of the children at the school over many years.

New Special Facility

Our re-design proposals have included a commitment to develop a third secondary Special Facility (SF) for children with autistic spectrum condition (ASC) to complement the existing facilities for ASC at BACA (Swan Centre) and Hove Park School (Phoenix Centre). 

We have been working with the National Autistic Society (NAS) to explore developing the third SF in partnership with them.  Following a call for schools to express an interest in hosting a new SF some months back, we have been in discussion with potential host schools. Partnership with the NAS could lead to some additional capital funding via the society and their accreditation of our new provision.

Additionally the DfE have offered all LAs the opportunity to apply for funding in order to develop a capital project for children with special educational needs. Using evidence from consultation with parents and carers, Brighton & Hove put forward a plan for this funding to be used to develop the new ASC Special Facility. We have just learned that our plan has been approved and Brighton & Hove will be allocated £500,000 capital funding, which will be delivered in instalments over three years.

The potential for additional capital funding through the NAS may mean that we might also be able to extend the provision at another Special Facility in the city for those with ASC.

Further announcements in respect of this development should be made shortly.

Post 19 Provision

Currently Downs View School is running post 19 provision based at Patcham House School for young adults mainly with severe learning difficulties called Downs View Life Skills College.  Downs View Life Skills has successfully gained independent college status.  The new college has proved popular with families and students.

Procurement rules mean the LA will need to go to tender for the provision at a future point.



Welcome to cedar centre school

Cedar Centre, situated in Hollingdean, Brighton is a school for pupils aged 6 -16 with complex needs. We cater for a large range of pupil needs, including: moderate learning disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, ADHD, mental health and medical needs. We personalise learning to meet the individual needs of the pupils and place a high emphasis on developing young people's personal progress. We have a dedicated staff team and work alongside a range of other professionals to ensure our young people can transfer successfully to post 16 provision. Pupils undertake a range of accreditation both at Cedar Centre and other providers


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Cedar Centre is part of the CDP Federation of 3 complex needs schools in Brighton and Hove working collaboratively with Patcham House and Downs Park to provide high quality education to pupils with complex needs across the city.

Admission to Cedar Centre is for pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of special educational needs.

If you would like to come and visit our school please contact the school office on (01273) 558622 or contact office@cedarcentre.brighton-hove.sch.uk. For more details regarding our admission process please see our admissions page.


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The school's most recent Ofsted inspection was in November 2013; the Ofsted Report is available here. This good result was achieved by the hard work and support of all the staff, students and their families.




Important Information for Parents/Carers

term dates 2017/2018

Please click below for Brighton & Hove school term dates  including Cedar Centre Inset days, and Brighton and Hove school term dates for 2017-18. 

term Dates 2017 2018

Bad weather procedure

In the event that school has to be closed because of bad weather, parents and carers will be informed as follows:

  • Notice on the school website
  • Messages on Heart Radio 
  • Inclusion on the closed schools list on the Argus website
  • Text via Teacher to Parents

​We will use the same systems to notify parents and carers of continuing closure and of the date of school reopening

If the school has to close due to worsening weather conditions, the text messaging service will be used to inform parents and carers. For pupils' safety, they will not be released to go home unless parents/carers have given permission for them to do so.


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