Tower House

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Tower House


Cuckmere House School


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Welcome to Tower House, which is a small satellite of Cuckmere House School providing 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 Learning Powers Approach and promote learning dispositions in our curriculum that will develop curious, adventurous, determined and collaborative learners. We deliver these attributes through our “Tower Powers”:






We offer a low arousal environment with clear visual structures to help students understand the environment and reduce anxiety.  Our positive approach is supported by a clear a reward system that flows through each lesson, day, week and term. 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.  


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 and other smaller rooms for group activities and interventions.

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, underpinned by the TOWER POWERS. We look to include opportunities for learning outside the classroom across all areas of the 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.


Martin Waite 

I have over twenty years of teaching experience in mainstream and special school settings. I am currently one of the school safeguarding leads and deputy headteacher with a remit in both secondary and primary phases of education.

David Donnelly

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.

Yvette Beaumont

During my career I have worked within mainstream and SEN settings, supporting both Primary and Secondary aged students, in and out of the classroom. I am a trained Thrive practitioner, where I base a lot of my approach around. I am always keen to help each individual thrive to their full potential.



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.