Downs View Special School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
PUPILS
197
AGES
3 - 19
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community special school

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(11/2/20)
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92%
NATIONAL AVG. 93%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

5.6:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
21.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
11.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.9%
Pupils first language
not English
55.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.8%
Free school meals
Warren Road
Woodingdean
Brighton
BN2 6BB
01273601680

School Description

This is an extremely friendly and welcoming school where pupils feel happy and safe. One parent who completed Ofsted’s Parent View Survey summed this up by saying, ‘The secret to Downs View’s success is the culture of care, warmth and love that comes from its community.’ The school provides for pupils with a whole variety of special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), some of which are very complex. High-quality training and a comprehensive knowledge of each pupil ensures that staff know exactly how to support pupils. Staff teach pupils strategies to manage their behaviour and to develop resilience. As a result, pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. Leaders are determined to give all pupils the best chance to be successful in their future. Pupils are enthusiastic in their lessons and classroom environments are calm and purposeful. Pupils said that bullying rarely happens, but they know that staff will help them if they have any worries. In September, when the building work is complete, the pupils from Hollingdean will move to Woodingdean. In preparation, Hollingdean pupils have been visiting the Woodingdean site regularly. Everyone is looking forward to being one school.

Downs View Special School Parent Reviews



83% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 88% Agree 4% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>88, "agree"=>4, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 21% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>21, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 46% Agree 46% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>46, "agree"=>46, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
My Child Has Not Been Bullied 88% Strongly Agree 0% Agree 0% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 8% {"my_child_has_not_been_bullied"=>88, "strongly_agree"=>0, "agree"=>0, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 13% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 13% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>13, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>13, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
I Have Not Raised Any Concerns 21% Strongly Agree 46% Agree 17% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 0% {"i_have_not_raised_any_concerns"=>21, "strongly_agree"=>46, "agree"=>17, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 13% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>13, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 50% Agree 25% Disagree 17% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>17, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 13% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>13, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 63% Agree 21% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>63, "agree"=>21, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 46% Agree 38% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>46, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 33% Agree 29% Disagree 21% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>33, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>21, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Strongly Agree 75% Agree 8% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>75, "agree"=>8, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020
Yes 83% No 17% {"yes"=>83, "no"=>17} Figures based on 24 responses up to 15-02-2020

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