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We are a one-form entry school that caters for children from Nursery up to Year 6.

We pride ourselves on creating confident, independent, determined and ambitious children. We do this through high-quality teaching and a firm belief in the benefits of Forest School which encourages creative problem-solving and a bond with the natural world.

We support and guide every child so that they can achieve their very best.

In 2017 Ofsted graded our school as Good, and noted that we were outstanding in the areas of leadership and management, personal development, welfare and behaviour, and our early years provision.

Discover what we can do for you

Ros Collett, Principal


Tuesday 10 November 2020, 9.30am and 5.30pm
Thursday 12 November 2020, 9.30am and 5.30pm

Event details coming soon.




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Every term, each class starts its study of a new topic with a WOW day and ends it with a Grand Finale. These events bring the topic to life and create unforgettable experiences with workshops, external visitors or a school trip.

In between times, we work to a creative curriculum that thoroughly engages our pupils and puts an emphasis on building a love of reading. Books are the cornerstone of everything we do and our Daily Supported Reader and Destination Reader schemes build children’s ability in, and enjoyment of, reading.

In partnership with our parents and our team of professional support staff, we help each child to reach their potential. And we provide wraparound care including a breakfast club and a wide range of afterschool clubs.

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"The teachers make learning fun…he can’t wait to get to class in the morning.”



Large playing field. Tick. Forest school. Tick. Two acres of woodland including a woodland playground. Tick. We are fortunate to have a picturesque setting and fantastic facilities and we make the most of them; learning happens throughout the school grounds, not just in the classroom.

Our PE provision creates opportunities for every child’s talents and skills to be nurtured and celebrated. Our Gold School Games Award proves our commitment.

Beyond the school, we make full use of the rich diversity of the local area, using it to broaden our children’s understanding of topics.

We especially love our connection with the Hastings Contemporary art gallery which feeds into the school’s special interest in art.

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“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”
Ofsted 2017

In September 2020, we opened a dedicated autism spectrum disorder (ASD) unit for Key Stage 2 pupils. This allows us to give them the best support possible so nothing holds them back from achieving their best.

Communication is key. So a speech and language therapist works across the academy with any children who need support; either in class, small groups or one-to-one.

Our facilities and commitment have earned us the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion.



We are part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust. A family of 15 infant, primary and secondary schools in Sussex, all graded as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us. We support each other, sharing insights and best practice so we never stop improving.  Our mission is to deliver the best possible education for your child.

Being part of the Trust links us to the University of Brighton: a trusted education provider. We work closely with the University’s School of Education which Ofsted has judged as Outstanding for its teacher training programmes.

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Trustees and the executive team are determined to improve pupils’ life chances through providing high-quality education for all of the pupils in their schools. They maintain a sharp and unerring focus on school improvement.
Ofsted 2019



Choosing the right school for your child is an important and personal decision.

The best place to start is by planning a visit. Please get in touch so you can get a real feel of what we offer.

Autumn term 2020 virtual open days:

Tuesday 10 November 2020, 9.30am and 5.30pm
Thursday 12 November 2020, 9.30am and 5.30pm

Event details coming soon.