Farney Close is a special needs school in Sussex that provides a well-balanced academic and social education that prepares young people for the future.

Young people may be experiencing social, emotional or behavioural difficulties, or the effects of Asperger’s or Tourette’s syndrome. We also cater for those with moderate learning difficulties, dyslexia and moderate speech and language difficulties. Our expert team includes teachers, residential social care workers and a range of therapists that take care of every aspect of young people’s development and apply a forward-thinking approach.
As well as high quality educational facilities, we have a large sports hall and a vocational block. There are also two lakes – with plenty of large fish! It’s an environment that’s designed around our young people and their well-being.


We aim to provide an education for every young person to become the best version of themselves preparing them for life beyond school.

Farney Close is an independent residential special school for boys and girls aged 9-18 with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. The school supports young people with a number of other specialist needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, moderate learning difficulties, dyslexia and moderate speech and language difficulties.
Based in the heart of West Sussex, the school provides 24-hour care Monday to Friday during term time for young people all over the South East and London.


Farney Close is situated in extensive grounds and offers a range of facilities designed to support young people to learn both academically and socially; our ethos being to support them in reaching their full potential.

Amongst our facilities are fishing lakes, a well-equipped sports hall and newly refurbished gym, classrooms and residential units located throughout the site and an outdoor gym; all of which help to make Farney unique to many other places.

In 2014, the Copperthwaite building was opened to broaden the choice of vocational options we are able to offer our young people including hospitality & catering, mechanics and construction. There are also two well-equipped classrooms and a careers room in the building.

The ‘Hush’ is our new multi-sensory therapeutic room designed to support young people who benefit from a safe, calm therapeutic environment when in emotional distress.

We have a well-being centre where the School Nurse is based along with the School Social Worker and our Referrals and Inclusion Officer. This area also provides space for our Counsellor whilst one room is dedicated to Lego Therapy.