In September of 2017 The Southfield Trust was successful in a bid to open a new free special school in Eastbourne. The project will involve the construction of a brand new building on a site in Eastbourne. The new school will be called Summerdown School and will make up one of the four schools that comprise the Southfield Trust. The school will educate up to 84 learners between the ages of 5 and 16 who have a diagnosis of autism and will also include a separate centre called the Southfield Centre which will educate up to 51 learners with complex learning and medical needs. The Trust will seek to replicate its outstanding provision from the other Trust schools.
The Trust is very excited about this new opportunity and is very proud to be associated with this major new special school project funded by the Department for Education.
Summerdown can accept pupils from September 2022. The Local Authority are currently considering placements for pupils with EHCPs. Pupils may be accommodated in our current Trust schools while the new building is being completed.
Principal Designate of Summerdown School and the Southfield Centre