About Schools in East Sussex

1. Find a school in East Sussex

Find addresses, contact details, links to website, calendars and alerts, links to Ofsted reports for state-funded schools in East Sussex:

You can search by school name or location. You can also look through a list of either primary, secondary, special schools or schools with a sixth form or see a map of them (please note, the map isn’t interactive).

To find out which community area (sometimes known as a catchment area) a school is in, look at the maps in the Apply for a school booklet:

  • Primary schools (Pages 24 – 29 of part 2)
  • Secondary schools (Pages 44 – 46 of part 3)

Private schools

2. Types of schools

East Sussex has a wide range of schools in addition to government or state-funded (or ‘maintained’) schools:

  • Academy schools
  • Community schools
  • Free schools
  • Trust schools
  • Voluntary aided church schools
  • Voluntary controlled schools
  • Special schools and specialist facilities

More about each type of school can be found in the Apply for a school booklet (page 4 of part 1).

You can find out what type of school a particular school is, in the following sections of the booklet:

  • primary schools information (Pages 30 – 43 of part 2)
  • secondary schools information (Pages 47 – 50 of part 3)

They all offer education to children of all abilities. East Sussex has no grammar schools. There are also special schools for children in certain circumstances.

Some of the schools set their own admission arrangements. It is important to check this before applying.

Most children with special educational needs, and many children with an Education, Health and Care plan go to mainstream schools. Some children go to specialist facilities in mainstream schools or special schools.

3. League tables and Ofsted reports

Local and national test results

As part of steps to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the government announced that:

  • all exams due to take place in schools and colleges in England in summer 2020 were cancelled
  • it will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020

Schools will not be held to account on the basis of exams and assessment data from summer 2020. Data will not be used by others, such as Ofsted and local authorities, to hold schools and colleges to account.

In line with government guidance, East Sussex County Council will not publish school performance data based on summer 2020.

Ofsted reports

Following the national lockdown in March 2020, all routine Ofsted inspections were cancelled.

Ofsted have advised schools that they will make visits from September to December 2020. These visits will not result in a judgement. Instead they will look at the impact of the school’s actions to support the return to school for all pupils.

At this stage, they plan to start routine inspections from January 2021.

For links to a school’s latest reports, see