Starting school for the first time?

If your child was born between1st September 2018 – 31st August 2019 you must apply by 15th January 2023

 Step 1 – Find out about schools 
You can find out about schools by: 
Visiting schools - most will have open days or virtual tours
Looking at school websites.
Reading the most up-to-date Ofsted reports and school performance data.
East Sussex County Council website has details of all schools available to your child including data relating to how places were allocated last year. There’s a searchable map for you to find out which school(s) serve your area, as well as links to league tables and Ofsted reports.

You can also get information about schools on the GOV.UK website www.get-information-schools.


You can use the internet at your local library.

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Step 2 - Understand the admissions system 
You should put up to three school preferences when you apply. It is important to put a second and third preference in case we cannot give you your first preference. If you don’t apply for any school place your child will not be allocated a school.
If a school has enough places, then everyone who applied will be given a place.
If there are not enough places for everyone the ‘admissions criteria’ will decide which children will be given the places. Grovelands admission criteria can be found on this website in statutory-information/policies.
Criteria changes from school-to-school so you will need to understand the rules for the schools you prefer.
The criteria for all schools can be found on the East Sussex website.


Step 3 – Apply by 15th January 2023

Please apply online at even if you’re applying for schools in another council area. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through your online application.

Applying online means:

your application is safe;
you can be sure your application has been received; and
a decision can be emailed to you.

If you prefer a paper form please email


What happens when


September 2022

 Apply online or call 0300 33 09 472 for a form 15th January 2023 (closing date)

Online applications – midnight 15th January 2023

Paper forms must be received by the Admissions Team by 15th January 2023

Please note: ensuring applications are returned on time is the responsibility of parents and carers


17 April 2023 – Decision day 

Decisions are sent by email on the offer day. If you do not have an email,  a decisison letter will be sent in the post.  Online applicants have the ability to view the decision online.

June/July 2023 

Appeals for parents who are unhappy with the decision.

September 2023

Children start at their new school.

Need more information?

If you need specific advice on applying for a school place email the Admissions Team who will be able to answer detailed enquiries on the admissions process. Email: 
You can find independent advice online by visiting Ace Education Advice

Connect with us

Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Executive Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Head of School: Miss Kathleen Swaine
  • School Business Manager: Mrs Helen Fingerneissl
  • School Secretary: Miss Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Michael Nix
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Deputy DSLs: Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams, Miss N Squires, Miss S Coates, Mr R Williams
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams