Lewes: best-rated primary and secondary schools

Lewes and the surrounding areas have some outstanding local state schools and the long-established Lewes old Grammer in the high street.
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Most of Lewes’s primary schools get good results at Key Stage 2 (age 11). The most sought-after Lewes primary schools are: Western Road in Southover High Street, Southover in Potters Lane and Wallands in Gundreda Road, and they are all judged “good” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted.

Iford & Kingston CofE in the village of Kingston is judged “outstanding”. Priory School (co-ed, ages 11 to 16) in Mountfield Road, is the local comprehensive; it gets good results at GCSE and is judged to be “outstanding”. Other comprehensive options are Ringmer Community College (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in the village of Ringmer and Chailey School (co-ed, ages 11 to 16) north of Lewes between Burgess Hill and Uckfield; both are judged “good”.

The local private primary school is Lewes New School (co-ed, ages three to 11); and the local all through private school is the long-established Lewes Old Grammar – known locally as LOGS – in the high street. Brighton College (co-ed ages 3 to 18) is a well-respected private school in nearby Brighton which was named independent school of the year a couple of years back by a Sunday newspaper. Cumnor House (co-ed, ages four to 13) in Danehill close to Haywards Heath is a day and boarding prep school currently very popular with London parents.

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