Transition to Secondary School

The main schools that Groveland pupils transition to for their secondary education are:

Hailsham Community College
Heathfield Academy.
Kings Academy, Ringmer.
The Cavendish School.

In Term 1 these schools invite parents and pupils to attend meetings and open evenings to get a flavour of the school. This is also an ideal opportunity for parents/carers and pupils to ask any questions about the school they may possible attend.

To find out more information about secondary schools admissions, and to apply - please go to:

To ensure that your child has a smooth transition to secondary schools we undertake the following activities:

Transition activities with all pupils during Term 6.
Targeted support for some pupils who may find change and transition to a new school difficult.
Pupils visit their new secondary schools.
Staff from the secondary schools visit Grovelands to discuss the pupils and their needs.
All records including academic and pastoral are shared with the secondary school.

You will need to apply for a place at the school you would like your child to attend – it doesn’t happen automatically.

You can name up to 3 different schools. Listing more than one:

won’t affect your first preference – admissions always offer the highest they can
will increase your chances of an offer at a school you prefer.


When to apply

Apply online from 12th September 2022
The deadline for applying is 31 October 2022


What happens if you apply late

If you apply after the closing date, the application will not be processed on time. This may affect your chances of securing a preferred school. If you move into the area after the closing date you should apply for a school place as soon as possible. If you send evidence of your house move at the same time admissions may be able to consider the application as being on-time. Admissions must receive your form and evidence by 31 January 2023. If you apply after this date there is likely to be a delay in response.


When you'll find out

National offer day: 1 March 2023
Appeal hearings: June and July 2023
Induction days: summer term 2023

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