Ratton School

East Sussex, United Kingdom

Location: East Sussex, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Ratton School

Executive Headteacher

Huxley Knox-Macaulay

Head of School

Gavin Peevers

History and Virtues

We believe that anyone can excel and that everyone deserves the best and we strive to deliver an outstanding education that focuses on high expectations, challenge and rigour for all our students. We work hard to foster a strong sense of community and responsibility among our students, taking great pride in our inclusive and comprehensive ethos.


We are a large and vibrant community school set in the beautiful seaside resort of Eastbourne (known as The Sunshine Coast) flanked by the South Downs and countryside of outstanding natural beauty. Travel links are excellent with the M25/M23 motorway link providing easy road access to London and the rest of the country whilst trains take 90 minutes to London Victoria, 35 minutes to Brighton and 30 minutes to Hastings.


In July 2017 OfSTED judged us to be a “good” school that provides a high quality and challenging education for every student, regardless of their ability or circumstance. We are particularly pleased because it captures the essence of Ratton – a school that successfully develops confident, creative and caring students.

Benefits of working at Ratton

  • An excellent induction programme and strong commitment to professional development to improve skills and prepare you for the next stage in your career
  • A strong team ethos across the whole school
  • Support and mentoring by a strong Senior Leadership Team and department heads.
  • Access to the Bike 2 Work scheme allowing up to 42% discount on the cost of       bikes and equipment;Full use of an employee assistance programme supporting wellbeing;
    A fabulous staffroom with complimentary tea and coffee;
    Complimentary breakfast of tea and toast;
    Subsidised membership of Benenden Healthcare (affordable alternative to private health insurance);
    On-site parking;
    Enviable setting and extensive grounds.

Going forward

Ratton School became a converter academy on 1st of August 2012 and joined with Ocklynge Junior School on the 1st of December 2017 to form the South Downs Learning Trust. 

The aim of our trust is to provide an outstanding educational experience for all students and children in our schools. We want both schools to retain their own unique identity and work closely together to support the learning of everyone in the Trust community to help develop a sustainable and exciting educational experience that places our students and children at the centre of all that we do.

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Address: Park Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2XR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1323 504011
What people say about us

I feel that at Ratton I have found out many things about myself, what potential I have and the skills I need in order to do well in life.

- Year 11 Student

I cannot speak highly enough of the school and my daughter has been very happy throughout her five years.

- Year 11 Parent

The caring and stimulating culture you have created enables pupils to do their best. As a result, they make good progress and achieve well at your inclusive school.

- Ofsted
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