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URN: 114680

Community special school

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Warren Road, Woodingdean, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 6BB
Local authority
Brighton and Hove (846)
Headteacher / Principal
Ms Vanessa Hickey
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 114680, DfE number: 846/7006
UKPRN: 10015666
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 12 February 2020)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Not applicable
No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Has a sixth form
Number of pupils
Open date
Not recorded
Reason establishment opened
Not applicable
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
Has Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
9 November 2021
Type of SEN provision
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty, VI - Visual Impairment, OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability, HI - Hearing Impairment, SLCN - Speech, language and Communication, ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health, MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment, PD - Physical Disability, MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty, SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty and PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
Type of resourced provision
SEN unit
Resourced provision number on roll
Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Chris Girvan Appointed by LA 26 February 2018 14 June 2022


Name Appointed by From To
Chloe Sly Appointed by GB/board 5 December 2020 4 December 2024
Pippa Hodge Appointed by GB/board 2 December 2019 1 December 2023
Virginia Monteoliva Appointed by GB/board 2 December 2019 1 December 2023
Andy Crosby Appointed by GB/board 15 October 2012 1 March 2023
Jennifer Chapman Appointed by GB/board 19 June 2006 1 March 2023
Mitch Egan Appointed by GB/board 4 February 2013 1 March 2023
Richard Inwood Appointed by GB/board 15 October 2012 1 March 2023
Sally Howell Appointed by GB/board 14 October 2013 1 March 2023
Eddie Murphy Appointed by GB/board 17 December 2017 16 December 2021
Jacqui Shepherd Appointed by GB/board 17 December 2017 16 December 2021
Glenn Peckham Elected by school staff 2 November 2009 15 December 2021
Vanessa Hickey Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2020 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Caroline Akhurst Governor Appointed by GB/board 4 December 2017 3 December 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
South-East England and South London
Government office region (GOR)
South East
Brighton and Hove
Parliamentary constituency
Brighton, Kemptown
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Brighton and Hove 017
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Brighton and Hove 017A
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Age range

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School capacity

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Free school meals

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