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Situated in Patcham Village, Brighton, we are a school for pupils aged 11-16 with complex needs. We cater for a large range of pupils needs, including: Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Speech, Language and Communication Needs, mental health and medical needs.

We personalise learning to meet the individual needs of the pupils and place a high emphasis on developing young people's personal and academic progress. We have a dedicated staff team and work alongside a range of other professionals to ensure our young people can transfer successfully to post 16 provision.

Pupils undertake a range of accreditation, both at Patcham House and other providers, including GCSE's, functional skills, OCR Nationals and some entry level qualifications.

Patcham House is part of the CDP Federation of 3 complex needs schools in Brighton and Hove working collaboratively with The Cedar Centre and Downs Park to provide high quality education to pupils with complex needs across the city. Placement here is via the Local Authority, see our Admissions page for more details.

Contact the school office for if you would like an opportunity to look round the school. 

If you have any access requirements that you would like to discuss, in confidence, in advance of your visit to Patcham House, you can either email or telephone the school office.

The Patcham House site is wheelchair accessible, large print copies of printed materials can be made available on request, and translated copies can be made available with notice.

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Elvis is in the building! Say hello to our school dog

We are very excited to welcome Elvis, our therapy dog, to Patcham House.

Pupils in the past have responded very positively to our ‘Pets as Therapy Dogs’, and we believe a school dog will enhance the pupils’ social and emotional progress. There are a number of reasons for this. Our school dog will be specially trained to work with children. We have undertaken a significant amount of research and are aware of many benefits to having a school dog:

  • A calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties;
  • Improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem;
  • Encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children fostering a sense of responsibility.
  • Motivating pupils to think and learn, as children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals;
  • Encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers;
  • Teaching children to nurture and respect life;
  • Helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children, and educational improvements with low achievers.
  • Helping children build confidence in reading.