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In this open letter to parents, Headteacher Adam Whitehead of Steyning Grammar School outlines what they have to offer the 2023 intake, including a look back over recent highlights.

Is your child starting secondary school in 2023? Discover what Steyning Grammar has to offer
Is your child starting secondary school in 2023? Discover what Steyning Grammar has to offer

Year 5 Taster Days

We were so excited to welcome over 500 Year 5 students to our Rock Road Campus and Towers Campus for seven taster experiences this April and May. They met Y7s from their primary school as well as staff, toured the site, took part in KS3 learning activities and sampled food from our canteen. They showed zest, curiosity and kindness as they threw themselves into all the activities.

400 Years of Excellence

Steyning Grammar School has a long and successful history and is much loved and respected within its community. It has given a high standard of education and much happiness to the many thousands of students who have passed through it. We are part of the Bohunt Education Trust – a high achieving, supportive trust with an ethos of ‘enjoy respect achieve’

A Supportive, Safe and Caring Environment

We have two KS3 campuses, Rock Road and Towers, which provide a nurturing platform before moving on to our KS4 and KS5 campus at Shooting Field.

Whilst we encourage students to become independent learners, we also provide support and guidance to ensure each student is encouraged to reach their full potential. Every student has a Form Tutor and they are encouraged to participate in the life of the Tutor Group and in the school as a whole. Heads of Year liaise closely with the Form Tutors, monitoring academic progress of students, whilst pastoral support is provided by non-teaching staff. This ensures that every student is encouraged to achieve with challenge and support.

The school offers opportunities for pupils to try many new skills and hobbies

Outdoor Learning

This is our 11th year of Year 7 Downland Days. Over this time well over 4000 children have taken part. Over the years our wonderful students have cleared woodland to recreate an area of chalk grassland (a very rare habitat), opened up the Rifle Range target area, kept footpaths open and now we are focussing on helping to keep the Steyning Downland Scheme safe from trees that have contracted ash die back disease. It’s not all hard work though: our students learn about nature conservation, some local history and how to use grown-up tools safely. There is definitely a lot of physics involved and they have to work together to be successful. They also have a lot of fun!!


We offer all of the students at SGS opportunities to develop interests and skills which will continue to enrich their lives long after they leave school. We celebrate the creative progress and development of young artists, designers and performers through an annual summer exhibition, the KS3 drama performances, the school production, regular music performances and concerts. Extra-curricular opportunities are extensive and include life drawing, extra art workshops, music lessons and clubs, Canto Celeste, technology and drama clubs.

From outdoor learning to a warm, supportive atmosphere, SGS has children at its heart.

Sport is a large part of SGS life. Every year, SGS competes in numerous local, regional and national competitions with considerable success. There is an extensive programme of co-curricular sports and physical activity clubs.

Outstanding Facilities

We are very proud of our excellent facilities and spacious grounds at SGS. Be it our modern labs, dedicated Art and Design rooms, Drama/Music rooms, or swimming pool. We have the facilities to support and nurture every student.

Open Events

Outstanding facilities, a strong sporting spirit and striving for academic success – Sussex school outlines its vision.

We will be hosting Open Events in September/October 2022. For more information, please look at our website - and follow our facebook page.