The Swan Centre

Who we are

The Swan Centre is a specialist centre based in a mainstream secondary academy. From September 2017 we have 20 places for students from Year 7 - 11 who currently have an Education, Health and Care Plan with the priority need of Communication and Interaction or Cognition and Learning because they have Speech, Language and Communication needs including Autism. Swan Centre students are placed with us by Brighton & Hove City Council and can come from all across the city.

Students have an individual 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 off-site, 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 through working with a key worker each week.

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

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 of Centre has an MA in Education focusing on student voice for those with communication needs, undertakes action research projects and is involved in training in schools and Universities. Our experienced Speech and Language Therapist works with us 2 two days a week and conducts training with the team and within the academy. Our Communication assistants have had specific training for SLCN and ASC in house, within the local authority and through ICAN and SENJIT. We have undertaken the Autism Education Trust Level 3 training.  Our students have a range of needs and we work with other agencies to support other needs alongside SLCN and ASC.

More information on how we meet the needs of children/young people with SEND


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

Further information