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What the school says...

Lewes New School places curiosity and imagination at the heart of its educational approach. Children develop the skills of creative thinking and collaboration that are needed for succeeding in a rapidly changing world.

Our innovative project-based curriculum allows different subject areas to naturally interweave in ways that reflect the complexity of the world around us. Teachers facilitate learning in ways that empower children to become independent and critical thinkers, whilst nourishing their enthusiasm for exploration and discovery.

Children leave as socially intelligent, happy and confident individuals who can engage effectively with the wider community. They are courageous and self-motivated individuals who are true to themselves and have a passion for learning and for life.
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What the parents say...

Finding Lewes New School was such a relief. To finally find a school that felt just right. Though I have to peel my children out of bed in the morning, when we get to school they run through the gates and are really excited to be there. The staff are approachable and friendly, they love working at the school, and they love working with the children. The school welcomes parents through the gates and staff are happy and available to chat to parents. Problems that children might be having in their relationships with each other are tackled in an open and honest way - though it might be hard and take longer. I love the amount of time that children spend making real things and doing real things - it is so engaging for them. Most of all, the children (and the parents) are really listened to and treated with kindness and respect.

Commented on 13th May 2017

Its a dynamic, growing and fast-adapting school that rejects the old model - teaching pretty much in the same way as the last 100 years - and seeks to be an organization that fits the times. The school gives as much time and attention on the growth of the child as a whole being - emotional, social, empowerment and resilience - as much as traditional learning. Without homework, testing or pressure at all, our child grew to love reading, maths and pretty much everything else because he chose to learn, in his time. The teachers really care about the kids and have been brilliant during difficult emotional times, supporting all the kids to learn how to be themselves with each other, without anyone dominating anyone else. The kids choose what to focus on with the teachers, learning how to be responsible for their own learning - as we all are in life. It has its foibles and maybe wont suit every child or family but as a whole it is a truly loving community in which to start a child off.

Commented on 11th May 2017

Lewes New School is a gem, I’m so glad I found it! Children are truly listened to and given the time and patience to express themselves. The teachers are free from a constraining curriculum so they are enabled to follow the children’s interests. This captures the children’s imaginations and therefore their desire to learn is nurtured, rather than quashed or squashed into a box. Children learn social skills and how to respect one another in meaningful ways. The small class sizes enable the teachers to support this. I have been really impressed by the staffs’ willingness to listen to both me and my child about what he needs. They are approachable, flexible and willing to think creatively about what will help each child’s engagement with learning. I have observed many interactions where the teachers have skilfully interwoven learning about ‘traditional’ subjects in a way that makes sense to the child and their chosen mode of learning. I highly recommend it.

Commented on 4th May 2017

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