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Ringmer Community College
Lewes Road, Ringmer, BN8 5RB Lewes
+44 (0)1273 812220

Ringmer Community College Logo


Ringmer Village gained its new Secondary School in 1958, with a catchment area of not only Ringmer, but also the rural villages towards the South Downs town of Lewes (the county town of East Sussex), villages to the east into the Weald and the Malling residential area of Lewes itself.

The first Headteacher, John Clark, combined images of the communities in the school badge:- the buckle of the Pelham family surrounds and holds together a beacon (representing the beacon on the downs at Firle), a tortoise namely Timmy (who belonged to the naturalist and diarist Gilbert White who lived for a time in Ringmer) and a lyre (signifying the proximity of the internationally renowned opera house at Glyndebourne (nestling in the countryside behind the school).

Ringmer Secondary School thrived and soon gained recognition for its links with the community, including evening classes, high expectations for its students and the excellence of its brass band, which not only made records, but still meets at reunions, under its original conductor, Michael Fairhurst.  Cyril Rimmer became the Headteacher in 1977 on the retirement of John Clarke, and he steered the school (now known as Ringmer School) into a successful comprehensive school with an imaginative forward-looking curriculum.  John Wakely became the Headteacher in 1983 and in 1988 his commitment to the community college ethos resulted in the designation of the school as Ringmer Community College, with the expansion of adult education and community links.  The former Prime Minister, Lord Callaghan, who lived in the catchment area, formally opened the Community College and continued his long association with the school.  One of the first Ofsted Inspections in 1999 commented on the quality of the strong pastoral and community dimensions of the College, which continues today.  The College motto is: Achieving, Caring, Contributing.

The original school building received a Civic Trust Award for its design, which has developed to meet changing needs ever since.  The raising of the school leaving age to 16  in 1973 resulted in the building of the Library block, and as numbers increased from the original 300 to the present 920, major construction has taken place.  This includes:-

  • the Clark Block, housing the Drama Studio, English and Technology Departments;
  • the construction of the Ringmer Community swimming pool on the site in 1981, and its conversion to a covered indoor pool in 1985 and is now a major asset for the College and its community;
  • the continued growth of the Music Department led to the expansion of that department, housing a studio and practice rooms;
  • a major building phase in 1988 resulted in improved Humanities and Science facilities within the main two-storey building, which were further enhanced as part of the Specialist Technology College status achieved in 2000.

Steven Johnson, the fourth Principal (January 2000 to December 2002) moved the College into the Specialist College era, with environmental sustainability as a key theme of the development plans in Maths, Science, ICT and Technology.  The Gold Artsmark achieved in 2001 indicated the continued breadth of the curriculum.  Since 2003, under the current Principal Kathryn Stonier, the College continues to move forward in meeting the needs of all students from its very wide geographic catchment area.  This is reflected in the construction of the new Modern Foreign Languages teaching block and the increasing range of vocational courses from NVQ Level 1 to Btec First Diplomas and Applied GCSEs.  Accelerated courses in certain subjects have been established and new flexibility is at the core of the curriculum and College developments.

Ringmer is one of only two secondary schools in the County to be awarded the designation of Eco Schools in 2002.


The arrangements for the admission of children to this college at age 11+ are outlined by the County Council. A detailed description of the arrangements is contained in the booklet "Applying for a school for your child 2007/2008." A copy can be obtained from the School Admissions section, Education Department, PO Box 4, County Hall Crescent, Lewes, BN7 1SG (tel. 01273 481000). A copy is also available from primary schools.

However, parents may find it helpful to know that, if there are insufficient places available to meet demand, these will be allocated to children in accordance with the following list of priorities:

  • Children with strong medical or exceptional evident which leads the Director of Education to conclude that attendance at any other school would be inappropriate.
  • Children who will have a brother or sister at the school at time of admission.
  • Children living within a predefined community area, prioritised if necessary on the basis of the shortest route from home to school using surfaced, passable routes.
  • Children living outside the predefined community area, prioritised if necessary on the basis of the shortest route from home to school using surfaced, passable routes.


The College caters for boys and girls of all abilities and provides education at Key Stage 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum, for students of 11+ to 16+ on 1st September.

It is the policy of the governors to provide every student with "a broad balanced and coherent set of educational opportunities that, whatever their individual talents and abilities, enable them to maximise their levels of achievement and to grow in confidence."

We seek to engage and challenge students by providing a wide range of learning experiences for all. This includes visual, aural and kinaesthetic activities, as well as teaching students accelerated learning strategies and study skills.

Adult Education
Curriculum Websites
Educational Visits
Extra Curricular Activities for PE
Extra Curricular Clubs and Activities

Curriculum & Department Websites
  Link   English
  Link   ICT
  Link   Maths
  Link   Science
  Link   Dance
  Link   Drama
  Link   Music
  Link   Visual Arts & Media
  Link   Health & Social Care
  Link   Humanities
  Link   PSHE
  Link   History
  Link   Geography
  Link   MFL
  Link   PE
  Link   Food Technology
  Link   DT
  Link   Eco
  Link   Exams
  Link   LRC
  Link   Ringmer Youth Development Service


An important contribution to the college's sense of community is the students' school uniform. It is possible to purchase both new uniform and second-hand items (where available) from the college shop. Parents are asked to ensure that their child wears this uniform correctly. An important reminder is that for safety reasons in laboratories and workshops certain types of shoes are not allowed; adherence to this rule can avoid problems!

For boys and girls

  • Ringmer Community College fleece
  • Ringmer Community College white polo shirt
  • Technology apron

PE for boys and girls

  • Green rugby shirt
  • Green hockey/football socks
  • Green polo shirt with RCC logo
  • White t-shirt for dance
  • Black swimwear

For boys

  • Black trousers
  • Black PE shorts
  • Black shoes

For girls

  • Black skirt or trousers
  • Black PE shorts
  • Black shoes

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