Welcome to cedar centre school

Cedar Centre, situated in Hollingdean, Brighton is a school for pupils aged 6 -16 with complex needs. We cater for a large range of pupil needs, including: moderate learning disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, ADHD, 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 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 Cedar Centre and other providers

Cedar Centre is part of the CDP Federation of 3 complex needs schools in Brighton and Hove working collaboratively with Patcham House and Downs Park to provide high quality education to pupils with complex needs across the city.

Admissions to Cedar Centre is for pupils with a statment of special educational needs.

If you would like to come and visit our school please contact the school office on (01273) 558622 or contact For more details regarding our admission process please see our admissions page.

Latest news from Cedar centre

ofsted report

The latest Ofsted Report has now been published. I would like to thank all the staff, students and their families for their continuing support in helping us achieve such a good result.

term dates 2015/2016

Please click below for Brighton & Hove school term dates for 2015/2016

weekly blog

 The CDP Federation now has a weekly blog to keep parents and carers up to date with what's going on across all three of our schools. This week's entry is by Kim Bolton, the Federation Executive Headteacher.


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Bad weather procedure

In the event that school has to be closed because of bad weather, parents and carers will be informed as follows:

  • Notice on the school website
  • Messages on Heart Radio 
  • Inclusion on the closed schools list on the Argus website
  • Text via Teacher to Parents

‚ÄčWe will use the same systems to notify parents and carers of continuing closure and of the date of school reopening

If the school has to close due to worsening weather conditions, the text messaging service will be used to inform parents and carers. For pupils' safety, they will not be released to go home unless parents/carers have given permission for them to do so.