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).

You can find out which community area (sometimes known as a catchment area) you live in on our address checker

Find my primary, infant and junior community area

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You can find information on schools here

Private schools

2. Types of schools

East Sussex has a wide range of schools in addition to government or state-funded (or ‘maintained’) schools. They all offer education to children of all abilities. Some of the schools set their own admission arrangements. It is important to check this before applying. East Sussex has no grammar schools.

Academy schools

Academies are all-ability schools set up by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups. They are not maintained by the local authority. They are independent schools funded by central government. The Academy Trust set their own admission arrangements and decide how pupils are admitted.

Community schools and voluntary controlled schools

The local authority (East Sussex County Council) is responsible for school admissions and decides how pupils are admitted. Community and voluntary controlled schools are managed by the head teacher and governors in partnership with the local authority. Voluntary controlled schools have links to the Church of England.

Free schools

Free schools are non-profit making, independent, state-funded schools for children of all abilities. The governors set their own admission arrangements and decide how pupils are admitted and what they are taught.

Trust schools

Trust schools are run by their own governing body but have formed a charitable trust with an external partner – for example, a business or educational charity – aiming to raise standards. The governors set their own admission arrangements and decide how pupils are admitted.

Voluntary aided church schools

Voluntary aided church schools are responsible for setting their own admission arrangements and deciding how pupils are admitted. The governing body contributes to building and maintenance costs. In many cases the governors ask parents to complete a supplementary information form (SIF) in addition to the school application form. This extra information enables schools to rank applications correctly against their admissions criteria. Priority is normally given where parents can demonstrate a commitment to the religious faith of the school. Please bear this in mind if you decide to name a VA church school as one of your preferences.

Special schools and specialist facilities

We are fully committed to inclusion and most children with additional and special educational needs attend their local mainstream schools. Some children with SEN whose needs are most complex attend a special school or a specialist facility. This placement would normally be named in the child’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan

There are also special schools for children in certain circumstances.

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

In January 2021 the government cancelled most of the summer 2021 tests and exams. The rapid rise in Covid-19 meant a new phase of national restrictions. Schools and colleges need to play their part.

This means there will be no test and assessment data from summer 2021. Ofsted and local authorities will not hold primary schools to account on their results for this period.

In January 2021 the Department for Education consulted on the approach to awarding GCSE, A S and A levels. The outcome: exam boards will ask exam centres to generate teacher assessed grades.

East Sussex County Council will continue to follow government guidance on publishing and using school performance data.

Ofsted reports

In the first national lockdown in March 2020, the government cancelled all routine Ofsted inspections.

Ofsted made interim visits to schools from September to December 2020. These visits did not result in a judgement. Ofsted worked with school leaders to understand the impact of COVID-19. They looked at the impact of the school’s actions to support the return to school for all pupils.

In January to March 2021 Ofsted monitored schools judged as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. Ofsted carried out these inspections remotely following COVID-19 restrictions. They ensured schools took effective action to provide education in the pandemic.

When COVID-19 conditions allow Ofsted will return to all inspections taking place on site.

Ofsted may visit any schools where parents raise concerns about remote learning.

Ofsted said the return to full inspections in 2021 will happen in phases. Graded inspections for education or social care providers will begin after the summer term.

For links to a school’s latest reports, see