New Interim Executive Head of the CHB

The Governors and Management Committee of the Central Hub Brighton are pleased to announce that Pam Ridgwell will be starting today as Interim Executive Head of the CHB.

Pam is an experienced school leader with extensive experience working in this role within SEMH and PRU environments and the Governors have every confidence she will be an effective leader able to work with the existing senior leadership teams and all staff to deliver good pupil outcomes. 

Pam will be based at Homewood College initially but will be working closely with the Heads of Schools at the Connected Hub and PRU’s and visiting them in due course.


Rachel Carter and Luke Burstow

Co-chairs of Homewood Governors and Connected Hub, PRU Management Committee

Self-Harm Resources

YMCA DownsLink Group and West Sussex Mind are working in partnership to form the Self-Harm Learning Network – a new initiative to help children and young people who are at risk of self-harming. The network provides inclusive training for parents and professionals, focus groups with young people, and a range of helpful resources (below) to support youth mental health and self-harm. The resources offer practical tools, advice, and guidance for parents and carers, teachers, and healthcare professionals. We also have a variety of supportive resources cocreated with young people, for young people, to support emotional health and wellbeing.

Note: To view and download these resources, please ensure you are using a compatible web browser such as Google Chrome. If you need support with accessibility, contact us via email at

Support for Parents/Carers of Children Struggling with Anxiety

It’s been widely reported that greater numbers of children are experiencing regular anxiety. As a parent/carer, it can be hard to know how best to support your child and what to do to help.

Family Learning runs online workshops to support parents/carers with practical strategies to help the young person. Sessions are run in small groups, allowing space to reflect on the situation and how best to help. One parent who completed the sessions commented:

“Gave practical tips as well as reassurance. I feel I’m better able to support my child with their anxiety.”

For more information or to book a place, email or call 01273 292828 stating which course you’re interested in.

Courses are free to those on a low income/ means tested benefits. For other parents there is a fee of £10 for anxiety courses and £15 for resilience courses (fees are used to fund creche provision and travel for learners on the lowest incomes).

Supporting a Teen with Anxiety (secondary age)

Friday 15 and 22 October from 1.30 – 2.45pm; or

Monday 1 and 8 November from 7.30 – 8.45pm

Building a Teen’s Resilience (secondary age)

Tuesdays 2, 9 and 16 November from 1.30 – 2.45pm; or

Thursdays 4, 11 and 18 November from 1.30 – 2.45pm.

Supporting a Child with Anxiety (primary age)

Tuesday 12 and 19 October from 1 – 2.15pm

Wednesday 13 and 20 October from 1.30 – 2.45pm; or

Building a Child’s Resilience (primary age)

Friday 15 and 22 October and Monday 1 November from 10 – 11.15am

Self Harm Parent & Carer Network

Join other parents and carers across your area in a free workshop to support you and your family.
Facilitated by West Sussex Mind,YMCA Downslink Group and supported by Allsorts Youth
Project, you will be able to talk with other parents and carers to hear what is working for them,
discuss your support needs, hear from guest speakers and get updates on the latest initiatives,
research, resources and policies. Please see attached flyer for more information.

School Closure 7-9th July

Unfortunately, Homewood will be closed to students on 7th, 8th, 9th July due to the numbers of staff having to self isolate.  We will be in touch with you to discuss work and programmes for Monday.