About Schools in East Sussex

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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.

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