Best-rated primary and secondary schools in Brighton

Brighton has a large number of highly-rated state primary and secondary schools, famous private schools and plenty of less traditional options too
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Brighton's private schools
Brighton is dominated by its two famous private schools: Roedean, a day and boarding school (girls, ages 11 to 18) which sits on a windswept cliff on Roedean Way overlooking Brighton Marina and Brighton College, which is also a day and boarding school (co-ed, ages three to 18).

Brighton College occupies Victorian gothic buildings designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott on Eastern Road and under its inspirational headmaster, Richard Cairns, it was named Independent School of the Year in 2012 by a national newspaper.

But it being Brighton, there is also a choice of less traditional private schools. There are two Montessori schools: The Montessori Place (co-ed, ages one to 11) in Cromwell Road, Hove, and Brighton and Hove Montessori (co-ed, ages two to 11) in Stanford Avenue; a Steiner school (co-ed, ages three to 16) in Roedean Road; and a Buddhist school, Dharma School (co-ed, ages three to 11), in Ladies Mile Road which claims to be the only Buddhist primary school in the country.

Brighton's primary schools
Brighton’s state schools perform better than average. It is hard to find a primary school which isn’t judged at least “good” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted.

The following primary schools are judged “outstanding” by Ofsted:
* St Paul’s CofE in St Nicholas Road
* St Bartholomew’s CofE in Ann Street
* Davigdor infants in Somerhill Road (the associated Somerhill juniors is only rated “satisfactory”)
* St Luke’s in Queens Park Rise
* Stanford infants in Highcroft Villas (Stanford juniors is judged “good”)
* Downs infants and juniors in Ditchling Road and Rugby Road
* St Andrew’s CofE in Belfast Street, Hove
* Hertford infants in Hertford Road (Hertford juniors is only rated “satisfactory”)
* Hangleton infants in Dale View (Hangleton juniors is only “satisfactory”)
* West Hove infants in Portland Road, Hove (West Hove juniors is rated “good”)
* Westdene in Bankside
* Patcham infants in Highview Avenue South (Patcham juniors is “good”)
* Coldean in Kenwards.

All Brighton’s state secondary schools are judged “good” or better, with Dorothy Stringer (co-ed ages 11 to 16) in Loder Road and Brighton & Hove sixth form college in Dyke Road both judged “outstanding”.

Other private schools
Brighton & Hove High (girls ages three to 18) is in Montpelier Road, a Girls’ Day School Trust school; Windlesham (co-ed, ages three to 11) in Dyke Road; The Drive Prep (co-ed, ages three to 16); Lancing College Preparatory School (co-ed, ages three to 13) in The Droveway, which shares facilities with Lancing College; K-BIS Theatre School (co-ed, ages five to 18) in Cumberland Road; St Christopher’s (co-ed, ages four to 14) in New Church Road in Hove and now part of the Brighton College family of schools; Deepdene (co-ed, six months to nine) also in New Church Road and St Aubyn’s School (ages three to 13) in the high street in Rottingdean.

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