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Sussex schools Open Day klaxon!

Now that schools can welcome guests it's time to book those spring open days. Sync your diaries….Muddy has done all the admin legwork for you.

*Please contact schools individually to confirm dates, check covid restrictions and to book your visit*

Brighton College, 22 January (virtual), 29 January

Award-winning school with impressive new buildings alongside the historic and a ‘be yourself’ attitude are standouts beyond it’s strong academic reputation. In trendy Kemptown, in the heart of Brighton and a pebble’s throw from the sea, this is a co-ed with a modern-thinking, community-based feel. Read our review.

Cumnor House, near Haywards Heath, 7-11 March

An independent day, flexi-boarding school and nursery from 2 to 13 on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, between Haywards Heath and East Grinstead. Billed as one of the leading schools in the country, Cumnor occupies a breathtaking and enviable site that feels like more of a mini-village than a school. Read our review here.

Brambletye, near East Grinstead, 25 February

A co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 2 – 13 in the heart of the Sussex countryside near East Grinstead, that believes in mixing tradition with a modern approach. Set in 140 acres of parkland with epic views from the terrace and a wood-panelled country house, plus modern classrooms. Read our review here.

Claremont, St Leonards, 14-19 March

Claremont is an impressive all-through school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, set across two beautiful sites in East Sussex offering traditional and modern facilities and a huge outdoor space. It’s down to earth and focused on children as individuals, with healthy academic aspiration and sporting excellence. Read our review here.

Our Lady of Sion, Worthing, 21-25 March & 12 May (senior), 5 May (Junior)

Our Lady of Sion School review

An all-through day school occupying an eclectic campus in the heart of Worthing, close to the seafront. One of the most unique and personality-filled schools in the county, t​he curriculum is flexible and teachers relish the opportunity to be driven by the children’s interests whilst maintaining academic excellence. Read our review here.

Mayfield, 10 February, 26 February (virtual), 26 March

Mayfield is a Catholic independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, set in 40 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside. With a proud reputation for high academic achievement, exceptional pastoral care and high quality extra-curricular activities including an on-site stables.

Lancing College, small group visits through January, February and March

Lancing College is an academically selective co-ed day and boarding school for 13-18 years occupying a self-contained campus within the South Downs. Home to the largest school chapel in the world and famed for its music school, its open-minded and inclusive, with strong credentials across the board. Read our review here.

Lancing Prep, Hove 23 April (upto Y4) & Lancing Prep Worthing, 24 February (Prep), 19 March (Early Years) personal visits can also be arranged

Lancing Prep, Hove is a day school for girls and boys aged 3 to 13 years, located on a leafy campus of some seven acres in the heart of Hove and approximately eight miles from Lancing College. Read our review here.

Lancing Prep Worthing is also a day school for girls and boys but from 2 to 13 years. It is based in a lovely Georgian manor house on a site of two acres, with space to run and play sport, in the Broadwater area of Worthing, six miles from the college. Read our review here.

Handcross Park, Haywards Heath, 19 March

A sizeable co-ed, day and boarding prep for children aged 2-13, set in 52 acres of Sussex parkland and playing fields. This award winning school is part of the Brighton College family with excellent facilities and outstanding pastoral care. Read our review here.

Great Walstead, Lindfield, open week 31 January – 4 February

Walstead, June 2nd 2021: Great Walstead School prospectus photographs

This co-ed school of around 450 pupils aged two-and-a-half to 13 is in the pretty village of Lindfield, near Haywards Heath. Set in over 260 acres, with woodland and lakes, it makes much use of its natural environment with a pupil-run farm as part of its outdoorsy focus. Read our review here.

Cottesmore, Pease Pottage, 5 February

This award winning co-ed pre-prep and boarding prep for children aged 4-13 is set in sprawling grounds just outside Pease Pottage, near the Sussex/Surrey border. Known for its innovative response to lockdown and use of digital and social tools to connect with families and remain active and influential in the wider education space. Read our review here.

Eastbourne College, 26 February (Y9 -12) & virtual tour/personal visits available

A mildly selective day and boarding school for children 13-18 on the edge of Eastbourne, with a campus feel to it – with boarding houses stretching to the surrounding streets. Billed as an educational community not just an academic institution, the college prides itself on its facilities, teaching, pastoral care and ties to the local community. Read our review here.

St Andrews Prep,   Eastbourne, 25/26 February

A forward-thinking day and boarding prep, pre-prep and nursery for children up to 13 on the edge of Eastbourne, its focus on bringing out the best in all children and developing creativity, thinking skills and self-expression. Some facilities shared with nearby Eastbourne College, as is a board of governors. New head Tom Gregory is a former pupil. Read our review here.

Farlington, Horsham, 10 February (Reception), 12 March

Independent day and boarding for boys and girls aged 4 to 18, that aims to give pupils a long-lasting love of learning. Nestled in 33 acres of beautiful parkland on the West Sussex/Surrey border in Horsham it boasts an impressive range of subjects at both GCSE and A-Level, with impressive results. Read our review here.

Skippers Hill, Five Ashes, 24-28 January

Skippers Hill is a non-selective co-educational school in Five Ashes, East Sussex, for children aged two to thirteen. It has a stimulating and structured environment and is set in 22 acres of idyllic countryside where children feel valued, secure and thrive to achieve the best of their ability. Read our review here.

Atelier 21, near Crawley, tours throughout the year

A unique educational offering with all-through education for children aged up to 16 housed in a stunning manor house overlooking a tranquil lake in Pease Pottage. Inspired by Reggio Emilia, self-directed learning and other progressive approaches that promises to equip pupils with skills they need for the 21st century. Read our review here.

Hurst College, Hurstpierpoint, 12 March (fully booked pls contact school), 7 May

Hurstpierpoint College, known simply as Hurst, is a co-ed, selective pre-prep, prep, senior school and sixth form, taking pupils from 4 to 18 with excellent exam results and a ‘have a go’ ethos. It offers day school, weekly and flexi-boarding on a 140 acre site on the edge of the pretty village of Hurstpierpoint, under the South Downs. Read our review here.

Other independents in Sussex with upcoming open days include;

Conifers in Midhurst

Seaford College in Petworth

Brighton Girls School

St Christopher’s in Hove.

Missed out? Don’t panic most schools will accommodate individual visits during term time.

Do you think your child needs to catch up after covid? Advice from some of these top schools here.

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