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.

OUTSTANDING but always striving for exceptional!

We are so very proud to announce that in January 2020 the school was awarded the outstanding judgement in all areas of the Ofsted framework.

The Open Media Parent Portal

View the 'Open Media' Parent Portal

Parent Consultation Evenings

We are holding a Parent Consultation Evening for all classes on

Tuesday 6th February - 3.30 to 6.30pm
sday 8th February - 3.30 to 5.30pm

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 515 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

Job Vacancies

We currently looking for following positions to join our team. 

KS2 Teacher - full time from September 2024

TA/Individual Needs Assistant - 25 hours per week

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Applying for Secondary School (11+)

You will need to apply for a place at the secondary school you would like your child to attend – it doesn’t happen automatically.


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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 Polegate,
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
Arts Council England Gold Award
IQM Centre of Excellence
QiSS Award
Quality Mark
Investors in People
International School Award
Primary Science Quality Mark
Real Training
School Games Gold Award
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