Tower House

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Tower House


Cuckmere House School


Tower House newWelcome to Tower House, which is a small satellite of Cuckmere House School.  We are at a really exciting time in our development as we will welcome our first students in January 2020. 

Tower House will provide 16 places for young people in Key Stages 2 and 3. Students will have a diagnosis of autism as their priority need, alongside additional needs such as  social, emotional & mental health needs (SEMH).  Tower House is located half a mile from the main school site.  

Our Approach

We offer a low arousal environment with clear visual structures to help students understand the environment and reduce anxiety.  We aim to work closely with our students, their families and carers as well as other professionals to provide clearly targeted and individualised learning programmes for our students. 

We believe that young people with autism all have a unique way of viewing and interacting with the world, which we believe should be embraced.  The strengths and interests of our young people are cultivated and encouraged to help them engage, and inspire them to reach realistically challenging goals for the future. 

We have a positive approach to supporting our students and rewards systems are used widely.  We believe that by working together we can develop our young people’s independence, confidence, resilience and skills and knowledge to enable them to be a positive and active member of their communities.


Our Students

  • Have autism as a priority need
  • Have social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Would benefit from a structured, low arousal environment
  • Are in Key Stages 2 and 3


Our Environment

We have two large classrooms where most of our learning takes place.  We also have a DT/Art room, and additional spaces for small group or quiet working. We are really lucky to have a large outdoor space which we will be developing over the next couple of years.

Tower house layout

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our students.  We follow an adapted curriculum from Cuckmere House School, with the emphasis in Tower House upon individual needs including sensory, cognitive, social, emotional and communication based needs.  We look to include opportunities for learning outside the classroom across both areas of the curriculum.


TH Core Curriculum TH Enhanced Curriculum


Meet the Team

The staff team are experienced and trained in supporting students with autism and we utilise a range of approaches to best support their needs.  We will always try to support our students and their families to experience a successful, happy and safe education at Tower House. 


Rhian SmithRhian Smith (Lead Teacher)

I have worked with young people with autism in a variety of settings (from mainstream to specialist) over the past 12 years.  I have a particular interest in ways of identifying, measuring and developing students' well-being and I also have an interest in the impact of sensory needs upon students in their environment and access to learning.


David DonnellyDavid Donnelly (Class Teacher)

Since graduating I have worked in SEN schools teaching English to young people in key stages 2 to 4.  I have an excellent understanding of a range of specific learning difficulties, including autism, and have developed my pedagogical approach to ensure that all learners are able to have successful learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom.  I have a keen interest in learning outside of the classroom and enjoy using the natural world to enhance both academic, social and emotional development.




If you would like to find out more about Tower House at Cuckmere House School please email or telephone 01323 893319.

If you would like to apply for a place please contact Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability Services (ISEND) based at County Hall, Lewes.


Tower House Newsletters Date  
TH Newsletter Summer 2020 19th Jul 2020 Download
Tower House Newsletter 14.02.20 14th Feb 2020 Download
Tower House Newsletter 24.01.20 27th Jan 2020 Download