Welcome to Claremont School
Claremont is a wonderful school. Set across two sites of extraordinary beauty, it distinguishes itself in this area of East Sussex as a co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 1 to 18 years. Established in 1925, The Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep School is set on an 125 acre estate in St Leonards and educates over 400 students. In 2011, the now Principal Giles Perrin founded Claremont Senior School in the historic village of Bodiam. Starting with 40 students in 2011, the Senior School is now a well-established centre of learning with over 310 pupils today, a vibrant Sixth Form and two newly refurbished boarding houses.
"We have been on an extraordinary journey over the last 8 years, not only growing a Senior School from scratch but securing 16 out of 16 ‘Outstanding' judgements in our last three Ofsted inspections. With a thriving Prep School due to celebrate its centenary in 2025 and more students in the whole of Claremont today than at any other point in its history, we have much to be proud of. Due to our exponential growth, in January 2018 we also changed the management structure from that of a proprietorial school to a school that is now proud to be part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP). The partnership has come with renewed investment and the opportunity for us to realise our ambitions for further growth and development of our already outstanding facilities. We are extremely fortunate to have the space across both of our sites to design some truly innovative new buildings, and I am delighted that work is already underway.
The £3.5million ‘Octagon Project’ will see the complete redevelopment of our Bodiam site to include the creation of several new classrooms and a state of the art Science laboratory and Art Room. A new Dance Studio and Music Department will enhance our already impressive Creative Arts provision and with all these projects due for completion in Summer 2019, students up and down the school will soon be making the most of their wonderful new learning environments.
Claremont is an unpretentious school that welcomes people from all walks of life. Whatever your belief, creed, ability (academic or otherwise), you really can be yourself at Claremont. I am incredibly proud to be associated with the school at such an exciting point in its history and I hope you will visit us soon to see for yourself why Claremont is such a forward thinking and dynamic centre of Learning with a capital ‘L’."
Giles Perrin, Principal
At Claremont, our aim is for every child to develop a positive and proactive attitude towards learning which will support them throughout their lives. Our strong academic, co-curricular, extracurricular and pastoral teams ensure that each individual has the opportunity to develop knowledge, confidence, self-esteem, good learning habits, and a moral sense within a busy and vibrant environment. This is enhanced by small class sizes and vibrant, imaginative teaching.
The curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular programme on offer at Claremont is broad and ambitious. There are also a rich variety of clubs on offer including Latin, Music theory, Zoology, horse riding, golf, gymnastics and kickboxing. Most of these clubs take place within the safe and secure grounds of the Schools.
Claremont has outstanding facilities across two sites. These include sports halls, swimming pools, pitches for every sport, an Astroturf pitch, theatre, Performing Arts Centre, Forest School and, of course, many well equipped and resourced classrooms and specialist subject areas. After Year 5, children are taught by specialist subject teachers who teach only those subjects about which they are deeply knowledgeable and passionate.
Children who attend Claremont are encouraged to discover that they have attributes in areas where they perhaps least expected, thanks to the guidance given by the teachers. Children have the opportunity of learning many new skills and also competing at the highest level at inter-school, local, county and national level. In addition to our two sites in East Sussex, we also own a study centre in Saint-Omer, in northern France, which children visit throughout the year, in order to practise their linguistic skills in everyday situations.
Our working day and dedicated transport system incorporate both the needs of children and their parents. Children may be dropped off at any time after 8.00am and collected at either 4.30pm (Prep School), 5.30pm (Senior School) or after supervised homework at 6.00pm. Our comprehensive, inexpensive bus transport system throughout Kent and Sussex makes it easy for children to reach school in the morning and return home in the evening. We have a brand-new, superbly furnished boarding house in Battle for those children from Year 7 upwards who would like to board.
We look forward to welcoming you to Claremont School.