Skip to main content
  • Hertford Infant and Nursery School
    Hertford Road
    East Sussex
    BN1 7GF
  • Head: Mrs Zoe McGuigan
  • T 01273 552931
  • F 01273 507 701
  • E [email protected]…
  • W www.hertfordin…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 7.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Brighton and Hove
  • Pupils: 154
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 31st May 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 2nd October 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the parents say...

Hertford Infants is an outstanding school and learning environment for children. My eldest son is a pupil there and we couldn’t be more pleased with our community school. This school has achieved a beautiful balance between inclusion, nurture, academic attainment, teaching life skills and fun. It boasts an amazing green space with loads of outdoor activities the children can learn from and the school is the focal point for the diverse and friendly community it resides in. Performance markers used to measure schools are very impressive, to say the least, for Hertford but aside from that it is an incredibly caring and supportive school with excellent staff and leadership.

Commented on 7th Nov 2017

This is a small friendly school set in a great environment. My son grew up in confidence here and my daughter is in year one. Pupils and parents regularly hang out under the mature trees after school. Class sizes are small, and teachers really pay attention to the needs of the children. I've made some great friends among the other parents here and feel supported by this caring and creative community.

Commented on 2nd Nov 2017

Hertford Infants is a great school with an inspiring head teacher and a warm friendly environment. My daughter has thrived here since she joined last year.

Commented on 13th Oct 2017

My eldest son recently started his second year at Hertford Infant and Nursery School. I didn’t realise how attached our whole family would get to his school or how much he would thrive there. Yes it has a great OFSTED report, but I chose it also because of the grassy play area, the vegetable patch and gardening sessions and the fact the headteacher Zoe knows all the kids and their individual personalities. Naturally he’ll go to the junior school when it’s time and the thing I’m most pleasantly surprised to hear about the junior school is that they have fun in their SATS – the school actually makes SATs fun and the kids look forward to it!? There are loads of extracurricular activities available in both schools if kids/parents want to get involved. On a worklife balance note, Hertford Infants has a breakfast club and after school club until 6pm. The children can still attend an after school activity club such as football, pottery or street dance and go straight to the after school care, which has made childcare issues pretty much non-existent for us. I can’t recommend Hertford Infant and Nursery School enough.

Commented on 12th Oct 2017

We really love this little school and it's brilliant for my two. Currently my daughter is in Y1 and son in preschool. They are more than happy there and most days don't want to leave the place, after school is always a struggle to get them out! Nice plus point is that we can stay at the school after for an extra play and get to know the other families. :) The teachers are amazing at what they do and so caring. I can see how my once reception child has moved very confidently into Year 1, her ability in reading is exceptional! I am truly amazed at her progress. What makes the school really special is the outdoor space the school boasts in comparison to the other schools and most importantly the smaller class sizes. A two form entry school rather than 4 form where I just felt the kids were lost. Especially when they are so little too! We moved to the area only 2 years ago and what a fantastic place to live in, a real community feel within Brighton. Hollingdean is still so close to the rest of the city and feel like we have the best of both worlds :)

Commented on 12th Oct 2017

Hertford is great school – with just the two classes per year, and just the 3 years in the infants, it feels very friendly and inclusive. (When viewing it as prospective parents it sentimentally reminded me of the primary I attended.) Saying that, I also appreciate the diversity that the school attracts, and supports, as I believe it will give my child a greater standing in the wider world. My daughter has had a great two years here already, and is always happy academically and socially. There are brilliant, green spaces to play in during school hours, but also open post school which can be handy! Lots of great, affordable after school clubs too which prove invaluable to two working parents. I am proud that my daughter attends this school.

Commented on 12th Oct 2017

Both my children have had the privilege of attending Hertford Infant School. My son has now left to secondary school and my daughter has gone up to Hertford Junior School. From the word go we never regretted sending our children to both schools. We come from outside the Hollingdean area and wanted a small nurturing school with and emphasis on the individual child and a holistic approach to their needs. Both schools have been fantastic in this respect.. My son had difficulties with his health and anxiety and Hertford infants and Juniors really boosted his confidence and helped him to excel with his learning and provided us with guidance and support to help him also. As a family we loved the two form entry which was small enough for the children to feel safe and secure and large enough to grow, develop and make friends. It has an amazing community which is diverse and multi cultural. I loved the outdoor spaces with children really reaping the benefits of learning outside. The School has and continues to give my children a strong confident happy foundation from which their learning and socialisation skills have excelled. It is a rare find to have a school that achieves both nurturing the individual needs of a child whilst ensuring their academic needs are also reached. We couldn't have asked for better as a family.

Commented on 6th Oct 2017

This is a fantastic school at the heart of a diverse community. It has a nurturing, child centred approach to learning. My eldest has just moved on to Hertford juniors and my youngest had just joined reception. One of the great thing about both these schools is the green space, so unusual in a city school and therefore a wonderful asset. We have all made so many friends through attending this school

Commented on 5th Oct 2017

Both my son and daughter (7 and 3) attend this school and are thriving. It's a wonderful, caring school that really focuses on the whole child as well as educational achievement. There is a strong sense of community and I especially love the outdoor green space they have to play in. Teachers are approachable, committed and unfailingly enthusiastic. Lovely, lovely school

Commented on 3rd Oct 2017

Read comments

Please login to post a comment.

Who goes where

  Zoopla sale properties   Zoopla rent properties   Hide Zoopla markers

Powered by Zoopla

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
 Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools
 Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

The Good Schools Guide subscription

GSG Blog >    In the news >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

Funding the fees


For a limited time get one month's Good Schools Guide subscription free with any purchase of The Good Schools Guide London North and London South