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  • Northease Manor School
    East Sussex
    BN7 3EY
  • Head: Claire Farmer
  • T 01273 472915
  • F 01273 472202
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 10 to 18 with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia; also ADD and social communication difficulties
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Sussex
  • Pupils: 77: 60 boys, 17 girls; 11 weekly boarders; sixth formers: 9: 8 boys, 1 girl
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £20,817; Boarding £28,329 pa
  • Open days: June and October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

High levels of creativity are particularly well catered for in this seriously arty school. Some former pupils go on to further study and even those lacking bubbling well of natural creative juices have an oeuvre to warm the cockles of their parents’ hearts. One parent (speaking for all the others we talked to) said, ‘My son had been in a mainstream school with one-to-one support. After his trial day at Northease he said, “Mum, that’s the happiest...

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What the school says...

We cater for potentially able students with Specific Learning Difficulties. Providing support for individuals who are dyslexic, dyscalculic, dyspraxic and who may also have ADD and Social and Communication difficulties.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Cookery Domestic at an English Independent School (BTEC Award Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Sports Leadership at an English Independent School (VRQ Level 1)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2017, Claire Farmer. She has extensive experience as a teacher and a school leader, and has worked at senior schools in London and Kent. Originally an English and media studies teacher, she moved quickly into management roles and was fast-tracked onto the national Future Leaders programme in 2011.

Academic matters

Pupils line up to tell you that school ‘is the best in the world’ and praise kind teachers and small classes (eight maximum, often far fewer). Palpable relief at contrast with previous miseries. ‘At my old school, I didn’t know how to tell the time. How can I tell the time when nobody will help me?’ said one boy.

Here, assistance is in seemingly limitless supply; academic achievement against the odds the goal. While there are bright pupils here - and...

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Special Education Needs

We are a school that caters for able pupils with a primary diagnosis of specific learning difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia. In addition, some pupils may have associated special needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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