East Sussex, United Kingdom
About Priory School
Priory School is a mixed state secondary situated in Lewes, East Sussex. The non-selective, non-denominational school has 1,160 pupils aged 11-16 and holds specialist arts, language and science college status.
Priory School opened in 1969, combining Lewes County Grammar School for Girls, Lewes County Grammar School for Boys and Lewes Secondary Modern School into a comprehensive secondary. The main building was refurbished in 1991, adding design and technology rooms and new science labs. More recently, a performing arts block has been created.
Values and vision
Priory School wants students to enjoy learning and work to achieve their full potential, in order to reach their goals. The school’s vision is of a happy, caring and stimulating environment. Teachers encourage pupils to show compassion to each other and respect different points of view.
The secondary school encourages independent learning, along with teamwork. Priory School has a strong focus on drama, inherited from its former grammar school status. It has received multiple awards for its teaching in science, leadership, arts and modern languages, including The Prince’s Teaching Institute Modern Languages Award and the Arts Council England Artsmark (Gold).
"A commitment to equality of opportunity, underpinned by the values of the school, means that the school closely tracks the attainment and progress of all groups of students. Teachers and leaders act quickly when an individual is found to be underachieving and additional support is provided. Discrimination is not tolerated."