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  • Priory School
    Mountfield Road
    East Sussex
    BN7 2XN
  • Head: Mr Tony Smith
  • T 01273 476231
  • F 01273 486922
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: East Sussex
  • Pupils: 1,140
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Open days: Thursday 16 September - Open Evening
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 9th May 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 25th February 2015

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 6th May 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Some extraordinary teaching has made classics popular, students enthusiastically describing it as ‘so exciting… so absurd’. ‘A very football school’, said a parent, with boys’ and girls’ teams; the boys are current holders of the local area schools' shield. Students we met were friendly and articulate, comfortable with themselves and each other; they reflected on their own statements...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2010, Tony Smith (BA, East Anglia, development studies), married to Sue, with three grown up children. Reflective, genuine and one of the least egotistical heads we’ve met. Motivated by social justice, Mr Smith wanted to work for Voluntary Services Overseas, but his languages weren’t good enough; retail management was not a satisfactory alternative, but he did enjoy working with the Saturday kids, and so a career was born. Mr Smith trained as a teacher and taught geography at Heathfield school, the Grove school and Hampden Park school, where he was deputy head.

He likes the challenge of the childhood to adult years; he works hard to increase social cohesion amongst his students, and is moved and motivated by his hardest won successes: a recent call from an ex-student, excluded...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

We strongly believe that all children should be able to succeed, whatever their individual needs. We recognise that these needs can be varied so our approach is flexible, designed to develop the necessary skills and strategies required by children to achieve their potential. We work closely with our pastoral teams, our school counsellor, and our student support advisor as well as with a range of external agencies. Throughout year 7, 8 and 9, smaller classes with a bespoke curriculum are organised for children who will benefit from this smaller learning environment. Within these classes we focus on developing basic skills and on preparing children for a successful transition to an appropriate GCSE curriculum. In years 10 and 11, children have the opportunity to follow a vocational programme which may include attending a course at a local college for one day a week. We are actively involved with the teaching and monitoring of the smaller classes and offer a variety of interventions to support students in developing their basic literacy skills. We also run a variety of interventions which are designed to support students in developing positive engagement and improving self-esteem. The potential aims of these groups range from building confidence in year 7 to looking at emotional well-being at key stage 4. We work with mainstream curriculum areas to develop good inclusive teaching strategies that support differentiation. Ofsted made the following comments in its 2018 report: 'Morale is high at your inclusive school, and everyone shares your determination to provide the best for every pupil.' 'One group of pupils said, "Teachers are supportive and enthusiastic", and in another meeting, pupils told us that "This school is inclusive, and it is OK to be different".' 'Pupils’ personal development and well-being, including their mental health, has a high priority and is well provided for at your school.'

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

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

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