Welcome to the Downs View Life Skills College website.

I am very proud to be the new Executive Headteacher for Downs View School, Link College and Downs View Life Skills College from September 2020.

I have been a Deputy Head at Downs View for 2 years based at the Link College and then more recently the Woodingdean site. Prior to this I was Deputy Head at Downs Park School. I am committed to ensuring the best outcomes for all children and young people with learning difficulties through outstanding education and care. I am privileged to be taking over this role from Adrian following an outstanding Ofsted and will ensure that the strong Downs View ethos and commitment to all our learners continues.

It is an exciting time for Downs View in the Autumn Term. The building works at the school will be completed and the pupils and staff on the current Hollingdean site will move over to the Woodingdean site. Our school community will expand and I am hopeful that this will bring new opportunities for all our learners, parents and staff.

In September many learners will be returning to the College after a long time at home and we will all be adapting to living life in new ways. I hope we will soon be able to return to a time when we can welcome parents and carers back to the sites but until this time please keep in touch and let us know how we can continue to support you.

I hope to be able to meet more of you in person over the Autumn term.

Vanessa Hickey

Term dates

Please find attached the term dates for the academic year 2021/2022. Please note that there are three INSET days at the start of next term and the learners will return to college on Tuesday 7th September.

School Term Dates 2021-22 with INSETS

Ofsted Monitoring Visit

Please find attached a letter from Vanessa about Ofsted’s recent monitorig visit to Downs View Life Skills College along with the Ofsted report.

DVLSC Parent Carer Letter Ofsted June2021

DVLSC Ofsted Monitoring Visit report


Brighton Super 1s action returns at Preston Park

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – Letters from Vanessa

Please find attached a letter from Vanessa regarding Covid-19.

Parent Carer Letter_CovidUpdate_29.06.21

Please find attached a letter from Vanessa regarding leavers events & transition.

Parent Carer Letter 18.06.21

Please find attached a letter from Vanessa regarding the track and trace process over the half term holiday.

ParentCarer Letter_TrackTraceMay_27.05.21

Please find below a letter from Vanessa with an update about the current situation at Downs View

Parent Carer Letter 14.05.21

Please find below a letter from Vanessa about Lateral Flow Device Test Kits


You can view our Home Learning Provision document using the following link:

Downs View Life Skills College Home Learning Provision


The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) deadline is 7 July 2021. If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you may be eligible to apply to the Settlement Scheme. 

It is crucial that eligible parents apply to the Scheme themselves and check whether they need to do so on behalf of their children. Eligible children are required to have an application in their own right and no child of any age is covered by a parent’s application to the EUSS.  

An EUSS leaflet has been produced, designed with children in mind. A set of accompanying FAQsare also available too.  

Click here for a list of organisations providing additional EUSS guidance and information .   

Applications to the EUSS are free and can be made online at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme.  

Please click on the link below for a letter about EU Settlement Scheme from Deb Austin, Executive Director Families, Children and Learning at Brighton and Hove City Council:

Letter to Parents and Carers re EU Settled Status 260321