CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – Full-time opening and COVID reminders

Please find below a letter from Vanessa Hickey, Executive Headteacher about full-time opening of our schools and colleges from Monday 28th September. It also provides important reminders about Covid-19 and what to do if your child develops symptoms.


We’ve also shared a letter from the NHS providing useful information about Covid-19 testing.

NHS letter providing information about testing

We have produced a Recovery Curriculum Strategy to support our learners with their return to college. Please click on the link below to learn more:

The DVLSC Recovery Curriculum

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