Priory's Admissions Officer is Mrs Francis.
Policies available to download
For students who will join Priory in Year 7 at the start of September 2017 : Admissions Policy - Main Round
For any students joining Priory during the school year (i.e. not transferring directly from Year 6) between September 2016 and July 2017 : Admissions Policy - In Year
About the admissions process
Main round applications must be made via your Home Authority, whilst in-year applications can be made via the Local Authority, East Sussex County Council. The ESCC on-line application form can be accessed by clicking here. Alternatively, a paper form can be requested from them. For further information about the admissions process including admissions booklets please see their website.
Please note : The admissions criteria for Priory School in the printed book "Apply for a School 2017-2018" are incorrect, please click here for the correct information.
Priory School is responsible for operating a waiting list for each year group where there are more applicants than places available. The waiting list is ordered, using our published oversubscription criteria. Details of these can be found in our Determination documents :
Priory School Determination Policy 2016-17
If you have received a letter from us denying your child a place because of lack of spaces, you can apply to go onto the waiting list by contacting us directly either by phone, letter or email email@example.com. We will then send you our waiting list application form or you can download it here. If a place becomes available and you are top of the waiting list we will contact you inviting your child to take up the place. Please note that our waiting lists are automatically cleared after Christmas and Easter and the Summer term. You will need to contact the school in order to stay on the list.
About the appeal process
If you have been refused a place at Priory School you have the right to have your case considered by an independent appeal panel. Please fill in the ESCC on-line form here or alternatively you can send in your appeal with supporting documentation to :
Mr Stuart McKeown
School Appeals Manager
Governance & Community Services Department
East Sussex County Council
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes BN7 1SW
Tel: 01273 481583
Deadline for submitting appeals and supporting documentation
Main Round Appeals (entry into Year 7 September 2017) : 14th April 2017.
In-Year Appeals : You have 25 school days to submit an appeal from the date of the refusal of a school place.
Timing of appeal hearings
Main Round Appeals (entry into Year 7 September 2017) : During May 2017.
In-Year Appeals : Within 30 school days of receipt.
Notification of date, time and venue for appeal hearings
A letter will be sent giving details of when your appeal will be heard by an independent appeal panel. You will be given 10 days’ notice unless you have agreed to a shorter notice period.
Deadline for additional evidence to be submitted
All your evidence supporting your case should be sent when making the appeal. However it is possible to send extra evidence up to 7 working days before the hearing (please send this directly to the School Appeals Manager at the ESCC address above). Additional evidence received after this deadline, or brought to the appeal panel on the day will be considered only at the discretion of the independent appeal panel. Submitting extra evidence late can sometimes lead to the hearing being adjourned, or even to it being postponed to another day.
A decision letter will normally be sent within 5 school days of the appeal hearing and will set out the reasons for the panel’s decision. Please note that it can take longer at busy times.
You can download our Prospectus here.
If you would prefer a printed copy please contact Mrs Francis to have one sent out.
The presentation made by Mr Ashworth at the Meet the Tutor evenings in July can be found here.
Prospective Parents Evening
The presentation given at our most recent open evening can be downloaded here.
Year 6 Transition
We have a well-established and successful Year 6 Transition programme, which helps students (and parents!) make a smooth move from primary school to Priory School. The most recent presentation given by Mr Ashworth to Year 6 students in their primary schools can be downloaded here.
Using Computers At Secondary School
Our short introduction for prospective students can be downloaded here.