Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Eclipse

How do I find out what schools are available around Eastbourne? 

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Eastbourne, or another location and select primary schools or secondary schools. All the information parents need all there in percentages!

You could also try the paid for websites like . This one is quite cheap and you can pay monthly.

This is of course just the very first stage in selecting a school. You will to need see the videos on this page before even thinking of visiting the shortlist of schools on your list.

How do I find the state school catchment area in or around Eclipse? 
If you just need to know your school catchment area try .If you are looking for exhaustive information on the schools as well go to

How do I find out how good a school is?
You will absolutely have to visit the school. However, do look at the video below. For armed is to be fore warned!

Nursery Schools

What's the difference between nursery and preschool? 
Preschools usually work around a formal curriculum and trained teachers - making them a little more expensive! Nursery schools are usually a more relaxed learning environment and more flexible enrolment terms. They are also cheaper and vary greatly.

What age is a preschooler? Ages up to 4 is considered preschooler with toddlers are 1 - 3 year old bracket. Basically 4-year-old are not 'toddling' around any more and so are no longer toddlers!

What does preschool mean? A preschool, or nursery school, is a pre-primary school, or play school for early childhood education. Preschool is for children before they begin compulsory education at primary school. 

Is Pre K considered preschool? Pre K schools are pre-kindergartens.

This page should help you answer these school finding questions!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for BN20
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Eastbourne

Pooh's Nursery School

St Phillips Place, St Phillips Avenue, Eastbourne BN22 8LW, UK – 01323 430045

Lovely setting with friendly, knowledgeable staff. Both my daughters have been so happy at Poohs and wonderfully prepared for school.

Eastbourne Nursery School Robin Hill

23 Fairfield Rd, Eastbourne BN20 7NA, UK – 01323 410326

It's very hard to find the right nursery, this one was by far the best I have seen! All the staff are absolutely amazing my son loves it! Booked in my second child this year!

St Gregorys Montessori Nursery School

Victoria Dr, Eastbourne BN20 8QY, UK – 01323 639164

A great preschool, three of our children have been here and all have excelled through great teachers and methods, highly recommended

After School Care

Little Acorns Day Nursery

The Elim Family Centre, 1A Hartfield Rd, Eastbourne BN21 2ET, UK – 01323 731843

The staff is extremely friendly, enthusiastic and always there to talk to you. They always provide a wide range of activities and are constantly helping the children to learn new things and I feel this has contributed to my son development. I was always happy to leave him at Little Acorns as I know he was always be having fun and learning new things. I would highly recommend Little Acorns Day Nursery if your looking for someone who provides a caring and safe environment.

Fantastic nursery! Highly recommended to anyone!

The Ivy House Day Centre Ltd

19 Hartfield Rd, Eastbourne BN21 2AR, UK – 01323 431801

Undoubtedly the best dementia daycare centre in the area. It has a well known reputation for excellence and was featured in a Channel 4 programme a while back. All the staff are extremely kind, considerate and extremely well trained. The staff/client ratio is also very good

Milton Grange

Milton Rd, Eastbourne BN21 1SL, UK – 01323 466466

Milton Grange is a service for older people although beds are available for people under 65. The service provides assessment rehabilitation and respite for up to a maximum of six weeks. The service can support up to 37 people at one time.

Wonderful place. My Dad could hardly walk when he arrived. By the time he left 6 weeks later he was on one walking stick. The staff were very attentive and knew exactly what he needed. They made sure he was showered and shaved every morning, his clothes were clean and he ate and drank appropriately. Would highly recommend them.

Choosing a school around Eastbourne. This is an Australian video but has some really good Tips!

Eastbourne Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Eastbourne

Independent Schools for Eastbourne - private preparatory and senior schools. Prep schools age 8 yrs to 11yrs or 13 yrs. Senior schools age 11yrs or 13 yrs to 18yrs. Some independent schools have a pre-prep department (age 3 to 8yrs) as well as prep and senior schools. Independent schools can be co-educational or single sex.

Best Eastbourne Secondary Schools -

The Cavendish School

Eldon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1UE, UK – 01323 731340

interesting historic building

My child has just started year 3 in primary phase.He loves this place. Transition from previous school went amazing, thanks to passionate and kind teacher and great atmosphere around the school

Ratton Academy

Park Ave, Eastbourne BN21 2XR, UK – 01323 504011

It was alright. I wish *I* was paid to change tutor groups though. Only caused me to have a minor mental breakdown and got me in hospital. Would probably attend again.

My daughter's best friend goes to ratton and said it was brilliant and my daughter and her best friend are going.Brilliant

Roedean Moira House

Upper Carlisle Rd, Eastbourne BN20 7TE, UK – 01323 644144

Great School!!

Ci sono stata ed e la scuola migliore!!👍

Independent Schools

St Andrew's Prep

Meads Street, Eastbourne BN20 7RP, UK – 01323 733203

Fantastic family school with great opportunities for all children in a nurturing environment. Everything is on site, the staff are great, really supportive and enthusiastic. I couldn't ask for a better place for my 3 children to thrive in learning and extra curricular activities. Would definitely recommend.

Not only a fantastic school, but also an amazing community for any child to grow up in. Simply excellent

Bede's Prep School

Dukes Dr, Eastbourne BN20 7XL, UK – 01323 734222

Nice atmosphere and a great variety of activities optional for the children to partake in. The school is co-ed and accepts children from 2 weeks (from the nursery) to sixth form (at the senior school). This is also great for foreign students as it include boarding and language development help. This school mainly focuses on the Cristian religion but any religion is welcome to sit out of Cristian worships. Extras include after school clubs, early morning swim, school transport and many other co-curricular activities.

Beautiful building. Kids are very sweet. Staff very helpful.

Eastbourne College

Old Wish Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4JY, UK – 01323 452300

My son attended Eastbourne College it's a warm and traditional school. As a parent it's welcoming too.

It's very cool

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for BN20 9HL . LEA primary schools age 4yrs (the year in which a child is 5) to 11yrs. Secondary schools age 11yrs to 16yrs or 18 yrs. Each school has a local catchment area.

Primary Schools

Bourne Primary School

Melbourne Rd, Eastbourne BN22 8BD, UK – 01323 724729

Thanks so much for all your efforts for our children's. With consideration we wishing to all staff an Happy New Year!.

Great little primary school. In the centre of town.

Parkland Junior School

Brassey Ave, Eastbourne BN22 9QJ, UK – 01323 502620

I loved my childhood school and still do .it was the high light of my years and I wish I could go back in time and go back to owls from 2010 I loved it there and I think kid should go there it is such a lovely place

A very good school for you're little one. The teachers are very good with the children

St John's Meads C Of E Primary School

26 Rowsley Rd, Eastbourne BN20 7XS, UK – 01323 730255

So good thanks to trolley 06 for showing me

So good Andrea svecova is so so wrong 😝

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Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in BN20 or anywhere in the country.
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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Eastbourne for moderate to severe learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Physical impairment, complex health needs, communication difficulties, dyspraxia and other special needs.

Special Needs Schools around you

The Lindfield School

Lindfield Rd, Eastbourne BN22 0BQ, UK – 01323 502988

A brilliant school teachers are so lovely and the students are lovely

The South Downs Community Special School

Beechy Ave, Eastbourne BN20 8NU, UK – 01323 730302

Hazel Court Further Education Department

Kings Dr, Eastbourne BN21 2XF, UK – 01323 438340

Website with facility to search for many different kinds of special needs schools and links to lots of support groups.  Find a special needs school near Eastbourne or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for BN20 - Language Tuition

Adult Education Centres for Eastbourne which may run evening or daytime language classes

Adult Education

St Giles Eastbourne

13 Silverdale Rd, Eastbourne BN20 7AJ, UK – 01323 729167

Very nice place, close to the beach and the Town centre. Lovely food and staff, I really enjoyed my stay

When arrived at St. Giles Eastbourne I was already an advanced student (level C1), but I needed a higher IELTS score for emigration purposes. After 5 weeks of intensive course and one-to-one lessons my dream came true. I achieved the required score, even higher than required. Many thanks to all my teachers.

Sussex Downs College

Ecat House, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne BN21 2UF, UK – 0303 003 9300

The college is very well organized, the buildings are mostly clean and modern, the food at the canteen was good if compared to the average in England and the campus is easily reachable with buses or even the train. The general english course was interesting and funny, a special mention goes to Clare, one of the best teachers i've ever attended a lesson of.

Loving going to Sussex Downs to study. It is a fantastic college with lots of lovely staff and facilities and the staff are always there if any problems occur to you.

Bourne Academy Of Performing Arts

10 Sheen Rd, Eastbourne BN22 8DR, UK – 01323 649097

Language Schools

EF International Language Campus - English courses in Eastbourne

Roborough House, 1 Upper Ave, Eastbourne BN21 3XA, UK – 01323 819050

What a beautiful SChool, Big green area with lots of activities, teachers are very friendly and the staff super helpful. The beach and city center are very close and you feel super welcome all time. Must try!

Best Staff’s You Go there and have a big smile in your face when you return to your home

LTC Eastbourne

Compton Park, 26 Compton Pl Rd, Eastbourne BN21 1EH, UK – 01323 727755

Relly great expérience!!! I loved it and I really think it improvoved my english; :)

School is very beautiful as its structure and also the teachers help you as much as they can

Homestay International (uk) Limited

78 Astaire Ave, Eastbourne BN22 8UT, UK – 0845 643 9584

Good place

Language Schools for Eastbourne

Language schools for BN20. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Eastbourne

Private Tuition for BN20
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Private Tutors

Kumon Maths & English

Ratton County Secondary School, Park Avenue, Eastbourne BN21 2XR, UK – 01323 332455

Joshua was on year 4 when I began to entertain thoughts of getting him some tutorial help. He struggles in math and English. His school reports and consultations were not good. As a parent it made me worry even though teachers said that there should not be any concern. With no confidence at all, Joshua always wants me to sit with him the whole time he is doing his school homework. He can not do things independently. I also noticed that doing his homeworks had become a tiring and stressful task for both of us. He always end up crying and very upset as he does not understand what I am teaching him and he can not get it right. This daily scenario has prompted me to enroll him at Kumon. As he went for his Kumon asssessment we were told that although he is on year 4, his ability turns out to be of a year 2 student only. Establishing the Kumon routine requires a lot of dedication, discipline and patience. But it all paid off. Now, gone are the days of tears when Joshua constantly cry while doing his homework. He is now working a year above his actual school curriculum. His confidence has gone up and he is now very independent. No more babysitting while he is doing his homework. He is a lot happier . At school, he is on the top sets in math. The feedback that I have received from his teacher was also excellent. He even sometimes helped his classmates in math if there is something that they do not understand and get stucked. When they asked why he knew all this things and how he made it looks so easy, he always say he already have studied it in Kumon. Also kudos to the head of the centre Mrs Anupa Verma, she did a wonderful job in helping us out with Joshua. Thanks to Anu for not giving up on him and on us during those times that we are in the verge of quitting. Anu as their Kumon instructor has offered a lot of support and encouragement. She has been very kind to our family. I love the fact that she goes out of her way to help the kids and the parents out. She always involve both the students and the parents in the planning of their Kumon studies. The regular chat and consultation is a great help for us. It make us understand the curriculum and at the same time keep us updated of Joshua’s progress. She makes each child feel special and motivated. When Joshua had to go through a rough patch, she only have spoken to him once and the whole attitude towards his studies has improved. Kumon centre have offered and helped Joshua in a lot of ways. And I have definitely recommended it to friends and will still continue to do so.

Daniel was an very average student, who lacked confidence and required some improvement in his assessments for the past few years. I was struggling to spend time to help him develop further. Then after hearing from friends, Daniel joined this kumon centre, within a short span of time he picked up well in his curriculum and gained confidence. Now he is one among top levels in his class. I have to specially thank the centre head Anu for her special attention in motivating him by encouraging him. Few great things I have observed that every student gets that special attention and parent get a feedback after every weeks work on their children's progress. All in all 5 star coaching and did help Daniel to perform well in his SATs. I am glad I found the right centre.

AQuality Life Centre

18 Bourne St, Eastbourne BN21 3ER, UK – 07869 323107