Please find below a letter from Vanessa Hickey, Executive Headteacher Designate, outlining the plans for your child’s transition back to Downs View in September.

Letter from Vanessa 16/07/20

The first day of term will be Monday 7 September. Please click here for more term dates.

Thank you.

Welcome from the Headteacher

I am delighted to welcome you to the Downs View Life Skills College (DVLSC) website.

As we enter our fourth year of operation, we are truly proud of what has been achieved so far and are bursting with new ideas and projects as part of our continuing development.

Post 19 provision has long been an aspiration of ours, as so often we have seen our pupils at Downs View School and Link College struggle to find the right setting to meet their needs moving in to adulthood. While we have close links with Downs View School and Link College, we work as an independent organisation, concentrating solely on the life skills education of young people in the 19-25 age group.

If you are interested in visiting us, please call the office number and we will look forward to showing you around.

This summer the Life Skills College has been recognised as a registered charity. We are very grateful to everyone involved, for their ongoing support. You make all the difference to our learners but there is still so much to do. You will see ways to support the College throughout this new website. Thank you, in advance, for your continued generosity.

Please note, this site is currently under construction – the information not yet available is coming soon!

We would welcome your feedback as the site develops.

Best wishes and here’s to another great year,


Adrian Carver, Headteacher, DVLSC