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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In East Sussex

For anyone planning a move to or within East Sussex in South East England we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic East Sussex.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, East Sussex's famous British cities and towns include Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.

East Sussex has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from country mansions and estates, cottages and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

“Visit East Sussex for Green hills and weald-land that look like landscape paintings, towns blitzed by bloody Norman battles and super-cool seaside resorts. Follow the in-crowd to funky Brighton for days splashing off pebble beaches and browsing lanes of alternative boutiques. Or pop over to family-friendly Eastbourne with its serene boating lakes, Victorian gardens and wow-factor white cliffs. Don your imaginary armour for days tracing 1066 dramas to abbeys and battlefields in Battle and Hastings. Or wander the stylish cobbled citadel of Rye, home to an array of art, cosy pubs and modern boutique hotels.”  Visit England

East Sussex is located within one of ‘points’ off the coast of the UK, it’s famous white chalk cliffs meet the English Channel. East Sussex shares borders with West Sussex, Kent to the North-East and Surrey to the North-West. 

Brighton & Hove is located in East Sussex, and is famous for its happy hippy culture! It has been consistently voted as one of the happiest places to live in the UK and has over 1,500 restaurants, bars and cafes to indulge in! 




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in East Sussex, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in East Sussex (or you already live in East Sussex but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in East Sussex there is a big choice of high quality East Sussex schools, with a number of the East Sussex’s highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK. 

East Sussex’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls’ schools, boys’ schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges. 

Find Private Schools In East Sussex UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in East Sussex and in towns like Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private Pre-Prep and Prep schools or on Independent Senior and Sixth Form schools and colleges, or view search results for all of them together.

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Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in East Sussex, some of the best of which being:



Barrow Hills School

Godalming, Sussex, England, GU8 5NY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-13 Years, Day 

Barrow Hills is an independent, co-educational day school and nursery welcoming girls and boys from 2 to 13 years of age. Our extensive grounds provide excellent facilities that encourage play and exploration. Throughout the school we provide children with an environment in which to experiment and develop their talents. Barrow Hills is renowned for its family atmosphere and happy children. Our outcomes speak for themselves, with “very successful students within the formal curriculum and beyond”.

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Cottesmore School

Pease Pottage, Sussex, England, RH11 9AU

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Full)

Cottesmore School is a boarding community that puts children first.  Our Christian and family ethos enables us to enrich the lives of the young people in our care.  Each child is cared for, valued, inspired, nurtured and educated to achieve personal excellence through the enhancement of their intellectual curiosity, academic achievement, physical development, imagination, creativity, and spirituality.

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Mayfield School

Mayfield, Sussex, England, TN20 6PH

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 11-18 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly, Flexi)

Mayfield School is a leading Catholic independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18, rated the top grade of “excellent” in all categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and by Country Life as “one of the finest schools in the land”.

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Hurstpierpoint College

Hassocks, Sussex, England, BN6 9JS

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 13-18 years, Boarding (Weekly, Full)

Hurst Senior School prides itself on offering a truly outstanding all-round education to all of their pupils: boys and girls day and boarding. Hurst’s beautiful campus, welcoming community and wealth of extra-curricular provision, is what really sets them apart.

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Hurstpierpoint College Prep School

Hassocks, Sussex, England, BN6 9JS

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-13 years, Day

Hurst is a school where pupils are truly enabled and challenged to make the most of the talents that lie within them and, just as importantly, the huge opportunities which are available to them there. Hurst is ambitious for their pupils to achieve the best they can in all that they do and staff recognise both their engagement and their achievement.

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Seaford College

Petworth, Sussex, England, GU28 0NB

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 5-18 years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

We are a genuinely warm, friendly school with excellent teaching and learning across all departments. In addition to this very strong academic core, we offer outstanding pastoral care and an impressive programme of extra-curricular activities.

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Windlesham House School

Washington, Pulborough, Sussex, England RH20 4AY
Tel: +44 (0) 1903 874701

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 4 - 13 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Windlesham House is a very unique and special place. Yet it is not simply the warm, kind and caring nature of both the staff and pupils that makes our school feel like a ‘home from home’, it is also the palpable sense of freedom and the richly..

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Lingfield College

Lingfield, Surrey, England RH7 6PH

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 0 -18 Years, Day

Lingfield College is a vibrant and successful independent day school for children aged 0–18 years, located in the beautiful Surrey countryside.

[Read More About Lingfield College…]  



Other Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In East Sussex, UK

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in East Sussex, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In East Sussex, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in East Sussex, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:

Special Needs Schools In East Sussex, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in East Sussex, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:




Where To Live In East Sussex, England, UK

The most popular British cities and towns in the East Sussex area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

>  City of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, UK

Brighton (290,800), Hove (91,900), Kemptown (91,500)

>  Lewes, East Sussex, UK

Lewes (18,500), Hamsey (620), Falmer (284), Glynde (250)

>  Wealden, East Sussex, UK

Heathfield (8,100), Polegate (8,500), Hailsham  (20,400), Crowborough (20,600)

> Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK 

Eastbourne (103,700), Meads (10,700), Hampden Park (10,600) 

> Rother, East Sussex, UK 

Bexhill (43,400), Battle (6,100), Robertsbridge (2,600), Westfield (2,500)

> Hastings, East Sussex, UK 

Hastings (92,800), St Leonards (92,600), Crowhurst (800)




Brighton is a very popular place to live and many people move to Brighton each year, or to near Brighton and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Brighton are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the East Sussex capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Brighton & Hove, England, UK

> FACT 1: Brighton & Hove is the third happiest place to live in the UK! 

> FACT 2: ABBA performed Waterloo at Brighton Dome in 1974 for the Eurovision Song Contest.  

> FACT 3: Big Beach Cafe on Hove lagoon is owned by Musician Fatboy Slim!  

> FACT 4: Brighton has been voted the foodie capital of Britain, with one restaurant for every 250 people! 

> FACT 5: Brighton Marina covers 127 acres, topping the list for largest man made marinas in Europe. 

> FACT 6:  The Sea Life Centre on the seafront in Brighton is the world’s oldest aquarium. Work on the aquarium started in 1869 after being designed by Eugenius Birch, who was also responsible for the West Pier. Today it is famous for England’s longest observation tunnel with over 3,500 amazing creatures to look at! 

> FACT 7:  The author Peter James, who is famous for his series of crime novels based around Detective Inspector Roy Grace, set his books in and around Brighton & Hove 

> FACT 8: Brighton & Hove has a rich history in film and is home to the Duke of York theatre - the oldest purpose built cinema in the UK. 

> FACT 9:  In the late 1700s, King George IV became a regular visitor to Brighton and so decided to build a palace so that he could spend holidays in the town. He decided on the beautiful Indian and Oriental inspired building known as the Royal Pavilion. 

> FACT 10:  Brighton’s West Pier is the only Grade I listed pier! Despite it no longer being in use after suffering two fires in 2003, the skeletal remains are still protected and the West Pier still remains an iconic landmark for Brighton

> FACT 11: The name Hove originated from actor Laurence Olivier, a local resident. In the 1990s the phrase “Hove, actually” was used by Hove Borough council in order to promote tourism. 

> FACT 12: Brighton & Hove is rumoured to have tunnels beneath it! In fact, one passage from the Royal Pavilion to the museum and Dome was supposedly built so the Prince Regent could travel between buildings without the public seeing how overweight he had become! 

Where To Live In Brighton, UK

Brighton and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a cottage, townhouse, large apartment, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool.  There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central city living to rural, country lifestyles, Brighton and the areas near Brighton is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, rolling countryside, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Kemptown Brighton & Hove, London Road Brighton & Hove, Preston Park Brighton & Hove, Seven Dials Brighton & Hove, Church Road Brighton & Hove, Western Road Brighton & Hove, The Old market Brighton & Hove, The Lanes & North Laine Brighton & Hove 

Commuting To And From Brighton & Hove By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Brighton & Hove is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to London,  Southampton, Eastbourne and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Brighton Central to Hove: Hove is only 3 miles from Central Brighton Via the A259 and takes only 10 minutes to drive. There is a very regular train service to Hove from Brighton, with trains taking from 5 minutes to 15 minutes. 

>  Brighton To London: London is about 64 miles by road from Brighton via the A23 and driving to the centre of London from Brighton normally takes under 2 hours.  There is a very regular train service to London from Brighton and Hove, with trains taking from 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes to get to London Victoria.

>  Brighton To Southampton: Southampton is about 68 miles by road from Brighton via the A27 and driving to the centre of Southampton from Brighton normally takes under 2 hours.  There is a regular train service to Southampton from Brighton, with trains taking from 2 hours to 2 and a half hours  to get to Southampton Central. 

>  Brighton To Worthing: Eastbourne is about 22 miles by road from Brighton via the A259 and driving to the centre of Eastbourne from Brighton normally takes under 50 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Eastbourne from Brighton & Hove, with trains taking from 40 minutes to 1 hour to get to Eastbourne. 



Nearest Airports To Brighton, UK

The nearest airport to Brighton is Gatwick International Airport (LGW) which is 27 miles away.  Other nearby airports include Southampton (SOU) (under 65 miles), Heathrow (LHR) (under 64 miles) and London City (LCY) (under 75 miles). 




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