The Swan Centre

Who we are

The Swan Centre is a special centre based in a mainstream secondary academy. We have 16 places for students from Year 7 to year 11 who currently have a statement of special educational need with the priority need of Speech Language and Communication including Autism. Swan Centre students are placed with us by Brighton and Hove Local Authority and come from all across the city of Brighton and Hove. Students has a timetable which includes intervention sessions in the centre, inclusion in their curriculum lessons in the academy with support from the Swan Centre team and inclusion in lessons unsupported by the team where students are able to access learning independently. We also provide enrichment activities, such as gardening sessions, trips out, independent travel project and work experience support for the students. Our young people develop their independence and strategies to explain their difficulties and make successful transitions to college, work and training.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

Speech and Language
Educational Psychology
Occupational Therapy
Behaviour Support Service
Literacy Support Service
Sensory Needs

Language Support Service

What training and experience have the staff supporting children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities had or having?

All staff are specialists in working with young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) including Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). The Head has an MA in Education focusing on student voice for those with SLCN, we currently have 2 other specialist teachers who have considerable training and experience. One teachers is also a trained Educational Psychologist and one teacher with an MA in language and assessment. Our Speech and Language Therapist works with us 2 days a week and conducts training with the team. Our 5 support assistants have had specific training for SLCN and ASC in house, within the local authority and through ICAN and SENJIT. We have recently undertaken the Autism Education Trust Level 3 training and are working on our level 3 accreditation within the centre and the school. Our students have a range of needs and we work with other agencies to support other needs alongside SLCN and ASC.


  • Accessible toilet
  • Accessible changing facilities
  • Lift
  • Ramp
  • Hearing loop

More information on how we meet the needs of children/young persons with SEN


 Mrs Cath OddHayward  


 01273 691191 


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