Sunnydown Headmaster


To transform the lives of our young men.

Welcome to the official window into the world of Sunnydown School: our website. Whoever you are, I am confident that you will find what you are looking for within these pages whether that be our weekly newsletter, recent pupil achievements, the structure of our school day, curriculum offerings, staff lists or upcoming events.

Sunnydown school is a truly life-changing educational establishment: transforming the lives of our young men as well as their families. The positive atmosphere and feeling of encouragement underpins the ethos of all that we aspire to do each day.

This warmth is felt on entry to our school, our 1850’s main building, and flows into our newest developments: a brand new eight classroom teaching block with state of the art technology and an extended, light-filled, new dining hall.

Our Vision is aspirational – to transform the lives of our young men. Our Mission is to provide a unique learning journey for every young man, every day. All staff at Sunnydown are collectively dedicated to this cause; they are hardworking, empathetic, willing to both learn and develop through reflective practice, and have our students’ best interests at heart in all that they do.

We are fortunate to be a special school catering for young men in KS3 and KS4 who have a statement of SEN or an EHC Plan which identifies Communication and Interaction needs as a primary need. Many of our students have autism (ASD). The young men who attend are academically able, with many obtaining GCSE grades A and B in Maths and Science. Specialised support is in place for those who find English more challenging. All of our young men are exceptionally well behaved, and engage in and are responsible for their own learning.

The Sunnydown values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and acceptance of those with different faiths and beliefs are actively promoted throughout the school. Moreover, the Safeguarding of both students and staff is of paramount importance.

Sunnydown school is truly a unique place to learn and work; the progress made by our young men, both socially and academically, is nothing short of exceptional , a result of the mutually respectful relationships between students and staff, and supported by the strength of support from our students’ families at home. In essence, our success is our young men themselves, whose developing resilience and emerging belief in their own abilities sees them encouraged, enabled and empowered for a successful life beyond Sunnydown.



Healthy School

Ofsted Outstanding

Inclusion Quality Mark

Working in Partnership with Parents

Sainsbury's School Games Gold Award



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Wednesday 18th January 2023
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