List of Independent Schools in East Sussex

There are a range of independent schools in East Sussex covering mixed schools, schools for boys and schools for girls.

Below you’ll find a list of those schools that we have included which have entry into year 7 (11 Plus entry).

East Sussex Independent Schools accepting entry into year seven

Battle Abbey School

Battle Abbey School is a mixed school.

Battle Abbey School- 417 pupils.

“Battle Abbey School is a thriving co-educational boarding and day school for children aged from 2 to 18 years of age. The senior school is located in the stunning surroundings of Battle Abbey and the preparatory school and nursery are located in nearby Bexhill with superb facilities including a 25 metre indoor swimming pool.”

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Brighton and Hove High School

Brighton and Hove High School is an all girls school.

Brighton and Hove High School- 584 pupils.

“BHHS is one of 29 schools which form part of the Girls Day School Trust. There are approximately 600 girls, aged 3-18. Our values have held true for 133 years: a curriculum that is not just based on delivering excellent examination results but also committed to allowing the whole child to flourish. BHHS aim to bring out the best in every girl so that she can achieve her individual full potential.”

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Lewes Old Grammar School

Lewes Old Grammar School is a mixed school.

Lewes Old Grammar School- 606 pupils.

“The School has long been established at the centre of the historic county town of East Sussex and is proud that it can trace its origins back to the educational foundation started by Agnes Morley during the reign of Henry VIII. The School moved to its current site at the top of Lewes High Street in the early 18th century and over the years has become affectionately known as LOGS.  The academic standing of LOGS is strong and growing but not to the detriment of its traditional friendly and supportive ethos.”

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Mayfield School

Mayfield School is an all girls school.

Mayfield School- 363 pupils.

“Mayfield is a Catholic independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, set in 75 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside. With a proud reputation for high academic achievement, exceptional pastoral care and a plethora of high quality extra-curricular activities Mayfield has nurtured generations of confident, enterprising and multi-talented young women who are well prepared for taking their place in the modern world.”

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Roedean School

Roedean School is an all girls school.

Roedean School- 569 pupils.

“Founded in 1885 as one of the first girls boarding schools in the country, Roedean provides an excellent academic education for around 400 day, full and weekly boarding girls from 11 to 18 years. Its vision: looking outward, aiming high is inspired by its stunning 40-acre setting to the east of Brighton and its extensive campus with spectacular views across the English Channel.”

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Preparing for entry into an Independent School

We have developed a section on how to prepare for Independent school exams and how to prepare for Independent School interviews so do please feel free to use these resources if you would like to.

If you are thinking of trying for an Independent School scholarship or bursary then please see our information page on that topic.

Equally, many independent schools publish past papers and we have past papers and sample papers which are useful for preparation in all the core areas:

Free sample 11 Plus English practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Maths practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning practice and past papers