The best secondary schools in Brighton


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With its local schools performing above the national average when it comes to GCSE results, Brighton is a great place for children to go to school. Whether your kids can walk to their classes from your city centre home or they’re travelling in from a nearby place such as Lewes, or even as far out as Polegate, our list of the best secondary schools in Brighton and Hove can help you narrow down your top options in this area.

Dorothy Stringer School

Lying to the north of the city centre not far from Preston Park and Hollingbury Park Golf Course, Dorothy Stringer School is one of the very best secondary schools in Brighton for GCSE exam results. With a capacity of around 1,650, the school caters for girls and boys aged 11 to 16 and is rated as good by Ofsted.

Varndean School

Just a stone’s throw from Dorothy Stringer School, Varndean has been recognised as one of the best secondary schools in Brighton with respect to its progress in achieving excellent exam results. It has a student population of around 1,400, while there’s a college across the playing fields where children can continue their education after taking their GCSEs.

Cardinal Newman Catholic School

Classed as outstanding by Ofsted and with a strong reputation as a high achieving secondary, this excellent school has a large catchment area that covers most of Brighton and the surrounding region. It also has a large capacity with around 2,500 in attendance, with boys and girls able to continue their studies up to, and including, their A Levels.

Peacehaven Community School

Peacehaven secondary school is another solid option to consider. Relatively small with a capacity of approximately 850, the school offers a personalised approach to learning with a student-teacher ratio of just over 15. If you live on our Chalkers Rise development only one mile away, your kids can easily walk to school in no time at all.

Brighton College

If you’re looking for some of the best independent schools in Brighton, this great option should be on your list of places to check out. Sitting just a short stroll from the beach along Eastern Road in the Kemptown area, Brighton College is a mixed school offering both boarding and day places and is famous for the great exam results.

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