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Chailey School
Mill Lane, South Chailey, BN8 4PU, UK Lewes
+44 (0)1273 890407

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Message from the Head

Mrs Lesley Young

Choosing a secondary school is a key decision for both parents and children.

These pages provide a snapshot of life at Chailey but I do encourage you to visit our school to see for yourself.

Chailey enjoys a reputation for high standards, both in terms of academic achievement and personal development. It is our fundamental belief that every student deserves the best we can provide. We aim for excellence from all our students, whatever their ability, and work to prepare them for the ever-changing global community they will join as young adults.

We want them to lead happy, fulfilled and rewarding lives.

Teaching and learning lie at the heart of what we do. Through hard work, superb teaching and strong support from home and school, our students have consistently achieved excellent examination results. Most pleasing of all, we have maintained our "value-added" - the measure of how far students' achievements exceed expectations - at the highest level.

As a Specialist Language College, we offer our students a wide range of opportunities and experiences aimed at developing both their language skills and their awareness of other cultures. We are also holders of the International Schools’ Award in recognition of the international dimension of our work in all areas of the curriculum. We have also been awarded a second specialism in Humanities – the leading subjects being English and Geography. We are the only specialist Humanities school in East Sussex.

Chailey is a school in which students with a wide range of needs and talents are able to learn together happily and successfully. We work to create a caring and purposeful community in which everyone has a sense of belonging and where courtesy, respect, responsibility, good behaviour, hard work and high attainment are highly valued. We know we can't do it on our own: we believe strongly in our partnership with parents, governors and the wider community.

We enjoy celebrating individual achievement, whether it is academic, sporting, artistic, musical or dramatic! We have just been awarded the prestigious Arts Council England Artsmark silver award in recognition of our work developing and supporting the arts which complements our Sports Council Sportsmark award.

OfSTED has judged Chailey to be a "good school with outstanding features" with "good teaching and outstanding care, guidance and support”. They also highlight our school as “very inclusive with excellent support for vulnerable students and those with learning difficulties or disabilities”.

We have a great deal to offer and much of which we are proud. We are confident, but not complacent.

We are always delighted to welcome visitors, so I hope you will accept this invitation to come and speak to students and staff. We look forward to meeting you.

Lesley Young



Our school motto reflects our tradition of knowing every child as an individual:

'Committed to the success of each student'

We value: We offer: We reject:
Individual achievement
Respect for self and others
Security and support
A partnership with parents
A school in which to take pride
A caring environment






Design Technology





Physical Education

Religious Education




PSHE and Citizenship


We have many clubs, offering a variety of extra-curricular activities. As well as a range of sports, students may linger after school to enjoy some extra technology, a little drama, perhaps, or they might play in the orchestra or sing in the choir....There are also opportunities to take part in activities at lunch times.

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MONDAY Indoor Cricket Club
Years 9/10/11 - DS
All Years Rounders Club - LT/JMA
All Years Trampoline Club - LT
Matches & Inter-House
TUESDAY Indoor Rounders Club
Years 7/8 - JMA/LT
Matches & Inter-House
WEDNESDAY Indoor Cricket Club
Years 7/8 - BA
All Years Athletics Club
All Events - JMA/LT/BA/DS
Matches & Inter-House
THURSDAY Trampolining Club Years 7/8- LT
Indoor Rounders Club Years 9/10 - JMA/LT
Dance Academy ALL YEARS
Cricket Club Years 7/8/9 - BA/DS
Matches & Inter-House
FRIDAY ~ Duke of Edinburgh ~


Chailey School was awarded Language College Status in July 2002. We want to develop a visible, outward-looking international ethos across the school as we prepare students for citizenship in the increasingly global community of the 21st century. We aim to show the relevance of Modern Foreign Languages to the world of work and raise awareness of our multicultural society.

Many successful events have been organised to promote the international dimension in all curriculum areas. Our first International Day was held in July 2003. John Agard, the well-known poet from Guyana, joined Year 7 students to celebrate the vibrancy of Caribbean culture with a performance of his own poetry followed by poetry workshops. In July each year we organise a cultural enrichment week for Years 7 – 10 with exciting activities and educational visits. There is a strong emphasis on Art, Music, Drama and Dance with professional workshops taking place.

We have been building on our strong links with our feeder primary schools to encourage and support them in the introduction of languages at Key Stage 2.

Students can learn a variety of languages at Chailey, including French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish and are offered the opportunity to visit different countries. We run after-school language clubs for students and language taster classes for parents, staff and the community.

Chailey has been awarded the International School Award by the British Council in recognition of our excellent practice in developing the international dimension at Chailey.

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