Welcome to our School

Polegate School is a very happy and welcoming school with a staff team that is fantastic, nurturing and inspirational.

We want to provide the best learning experience possible. Whilst we are immensely proud of our school we are not complacent as we continually look for ways to improve. We hope this website captures the magic of the school.

Parents Consultation Evenings

We are holding Parents Evenings to meet your teacher. Appointments will be held on:

Monday 5th November 3.40 – 7.00pm & Wednesday 7th November 3.30 – 5.30pm

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New Parent Meetings

We will be holding new parent meetings at Polegate School on:

Thursday 8th November at 2.00pm

Wednesday 14th November at 10.00am

Tuesday 20th November at 5.30pm

No need to book just turn up to one of the sessions.  Please note these meetings are for adults only.

Welcome to our school

Polegate School is situated on the outskirts of the town bordering the Cuckoo Trail to the East. It is just 4 miles inland from the coastal resort of Eastbourne and 4 miles south of the market town of Hailsham.

We currently have 484 pupils on roll. We have an established partnership with Willingdon Primary and Willingdon Community School. This was formed initially to improve the transition between the primary schools and Willingdon as the secondary school most of our pupils move on to. Our partnership has been incredibly successful and we have extended our objectives further with the aims of improving outcomes for all pupils across all three schools. We look forward to this partnership developing further.

The school is maintained by:
East Sussex County Council, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, Tel: 0345 60 80 190

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We are currently looking for two new members of staff.

KS2 Teacher Year 4 & After School Club Assistant

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“I am continually impressed by the commitment of your team to ensure that the potential is maximised in all pupils and that they continue to progress even when they have achieved their ‘target levels.’ It must take considerable energy to maintain enthusiasm across the spectrum of ability.”

Governor - Jill Voyce

“Dear Claire,
It was such a delight to visit your school yesterday. The children were so well behaved and interested and a credit to you all.”

Marion Shepperd - Deputy Lieutenant, Jubilee Award Ceremony

“Polegate's response to my daughter's bullying was amongst the best compared to the experience of other parents… in both independent and state schools. An experienced child/adolescent psychologist chaired the parents session, and he also commented that he felt our school had responded very well.”


“On each occasion, I’ve been struck by the general welcoming and courteous responses from all the children I’ve passed in corridors etc, including - smiling at me, holding doors open for me, saying (initiating) ‘Good afternoon’ etc. These are children I am not working with so their politeness is especially noticeable and makes the school environment feel welcoming overall to a new volunteer.”

Volunteer helper (not parent)
Healthy Schools
Sports Partnership Mark
Eco Schools
School Games Silver Award
Arts Council England Gold Award
IQM Centre of Excellence
QiSS Award
Quality Mark
Investors in People
International School Award
Real Training
Department for Education NQP Accredited
Department for Education NQP Provider
National Teaching School
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