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Patcham House School
Old London Road, Apatcham, BN1 8XR, UK Brighton
+44 (0)1273 551028

Patcham House is a small, secondary special needs school. It is situated in Patcham Village at the edge of the South Downs on the outskirts of Brighton.

Patcham House school.The school caters for children presenting a wide range of special needs which includes pupils with a physical disability or serious medical condition; children who are regarded as being emotionally fragile including a small but growing number of children with severe psychiatric problems; some pupils who have Asperger's syndrome and a group of children who have been non-attending or who are school phobic.

The pupils fall within "normal" ranges of ability with most being of "low average" ability. Some pupils have specific learning difficulties and a few pupils have a moderate learning difficulty. They come from a wide area of East and West Sussex but mainly from Brighton and Hove. There has been a distinct shift recently away from catering for pupils with physical disabilities and medical conditions with a greater emphasis on those with the other SEN indicated.

The school is small, catering for up to 60 pupils aged 11 - 16. There is a comparatively large staff of 35, including 12 teaching staff and 13 support staff. In order to ensure breadth of curriculum at all Key Stages the school has appointed a high proportion of part-time specialist teachers, most of whom have come from a mainstream background.

All pupils follow the National Curriculum up to and including G.C.S.E. in English, English literature, maths, science, French, humanities, design/technology, art, music and human physiology and health. When G.C.S.E. is not appropriate, they are able to take Entry Levels in English, maths, science, French and design technology.



  1. To enable all pupils to reach their own potential for learning by providing appropriate support for their individual and special needs.
  2. To challenge and stretch pupils to achieve that potential within the context of a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated education.
  3. To provide an appropriately nurturing environment so pupils feel valued and secure whilst being able to develop and mature.
  4. To provide an enriching environment so that pupils have a broad range of experiences.
  5. To prepare pupils for a confident and fulfilling role in society.
  6. To promote inclusive education with regard to individual pupil's needs and circumstances.


Autumn term 2007
Tuesday 4th September - Friday 21st December
HALF TERM Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October

Spring term 2008
Monday 7th January - Friday 4th April
HALF TERM Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February
BANK HOLIDAYS Friday 21st and Monday 24th March (Easter)

Summer term 2008
Monday 21st April to Friday 23rd July
HALF TERM Monday 26th May to Friday 30th May
BANK HOLIDAY Monday 5th May

There are four staff training days to be advised.

Legal Requirements.
Holidays should not be taken during term time as this can affect a child's progress. A maximum of 10 days can be authorised in any school year. Should it be essential that your child takes holiday during term time, please complete and return the form which is available from the School Office or you may download it from the parents download page.


Navy Polo shirt with school logo
Sizes 26-34" £7.50, 36-44" £9

White Polo shirt with school logo
Sizes 26-34" £8, 36-44" £9

Navy sweatshirt with school logo
Sizes 26-34" £8, 36-44" £10

White t-shirt (round neck for PE use only)
Sizes 26-34" £5 36-44" £6

Navy fleece with school logo
26-34" £13, 36-44" £17

Navy Jogging pants (no logo)
Children's size £8, small/medium/large adults £10

Book bags (no logo)

Above items available from the school office

Dark trousers or skirt (Navy, grey or black)

Navy cardigan

P.E Kit as follows:

  • White t-shirt
  • Shorts or jogging bottoms
  • Swimwear

    Patcham House polo shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, t-shirts, and sun hats are available from the School Office. Other items are available at many high street stores, for example BHS and Marks & Spencers.


  • Pupils academically challenged; they have the right to strive.
  • Further develop systems for tracking pupil progress to ensure progress is being made and to consider any differences in individual pupil progress across subjects or over time.
  • Challenging individual pupil targets set.
  • Broad, balanced relevant curriculum - covering National Curriculum.
  • Good staff links with other schools.
  • Well planned lessons. Teachers with high levels of subject knowledge and with access to further training. Requires good monitoring by SMT.
  • Differentiated courses and accreditation for KS4. Work Related Learning, Entry levels, various levels of GCSE usually Intermediate to Foundation (check pupils are stretched to do "high" enough courses).
  • Differentiate work appropriately in all lessons, using support staff and ICT as well as materials to ensure all pupils are being stretched. In English and Maths additional staff are assigned.
  • External assessments SATs, GCSE and entry level qualifications.
  • Good assessment, reporting and recording systems.


Appropriate Nurturing environment.

  • All staff know all pupils and have good awareness of their needs and support required.
  • Good pastoral, tutor group system. Pupils have form tutor and also support staff member attached to their form.
  • Individual senior leaders have clear responsibilities for attendance, behaviour, Child Protection, Looked after Children, homework, SEN, co-ordinating work with therapists. Policies and procedures for these areas are also clear.  
  • Good procedures for working with parents and good links made with families.
  • Good reward system in place.
  • House system used to reward children for both class learning and mixed age learning.
  • Support for pupils with homework difficulties.
  • Appropriate times for whole school to meet eg assemblies, collective worship, Sports Days.
  • Appropriate celebrations, outings, discussions on recent (inter)national important incidents planned with pupils eg Christmas presents, Christmas meals, end of term workshops, residential visits.
  • Role of all staff in providing nurturing environment taken into account eg admin staff, caretaker, cook supervisor.
  • All of above put into practice with regard to pupils' age and needs.

An enriching environment.

  • Opportunities for trips, of varying length from half an hour to several days, connected to the curriculum.
  • Opportunities for experiences such as cooking, gardening, horse riding.
  • Opportunities to attend traditional and/or local celebrations eg carol concert in local church, Brighton Festival parade.
  • Opportunities for spiritual enrichment.
  • Good moral and social ethos.
  • Visits from artists, musicians and sports leaders.
  • Outside mentors.
  • Liaison with the local community and local business is good and is evident in the work of the school.
  • Opportunities to attend lunchtime clubs, local clubs.
  • Work related learning for appropriate KS4 pupils.
  • Opportunities to take part in local and national competitions.
  • Good curricular and extra curricular facilities on site(eg computerised library system, ICT suite, play facilities).
  • School environment is clean and well presented and displays used to stimulate learning.

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