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Chailey is a thriving, successful school set in rural Sussex, just north of Lewes, and within easy reach of Brighton and Haywards Heath.  We are proud of our traditional values and innovative approaches to Teaching and Learning.  Staff are friendly, dedicated and supportive; our students are happy and proud to be part of the school. Chailey is a school where teachers and students can thrive.Visitors to Chailey School often comment on the calm teaching environment and fantastic relationships between students and teachers. We had our last Ofsted visit in January 2022 which we were very pleased with.

The Ofsted report contained comments such as:

  • ‘This is a kind school. The school’s values of kindness, resilience, independence and creativity permeate everything.’
  • ‘Welfare and wellbeing are high priorities in this small rural community school.’
  • ‘Pupils are knowledgeable about diversity including Black history and gender equality, sexual orientation and gender identity. Pupils respect different ethnicities and cultures. They value the different contributions that everyone makes.’
  • ‘The curriculum is designed well to meet the needs and aspirations of all pupils including the most able.’
  • ‘Leaders and governors are ambitious for what pupils can achieve. Parents and guardians speak enthusiastically about the school.’

We believe that this is a very strong foundation from which to aspire to excellence in everything we do.


Current Vacancies


Teacher of Mathematics (Full Time or Part Time)

Dates:                         Apply by 9am Friday 5th October 2022 for start in January 2023

Salary:                        MPS/UPS

Location:                     East Sussex

Contract type:            3 to 5 days per week (0.6-1.0 FTE)

Contract term:            Permanent

The school has an excellent track record in GCSE Mathematics and Further Mathematics results and the department has a strong collaborative approach to continually improving teaching and learning. The department uses the White Rose curriculum.  The successful candidate will work with a group of supportive and dedicated colleagues.  The position is suitable for NQTs or more experienced teachers. 

If you have a strong desire to help students of all abilities to achieve the best they can, whilst fulfilling your own potential, then we would be very pleased to hear from you. 

Further details are set out in the application pack on the related files section of this page or please contact Serena Rodd, PA to the Head Teacher, at the school address shown or email: srodd@chaileyschool.org

Closing date:  9am on Friday 7th October 2022


Clerk to Governors 

Required: October 2022

Single Status 7 FTE: £22,689 - £23,346 for 52 weeks per year. Actual salary: £1,766.06 - £1,817.20

Hours Required: 130 hours per year

The Governing Body of Chailey School is looking to appoint a Clerk to Governors who is efficient, trustworthy and who has a desire to make a difference to young people’s lives. The successful candidate will work effectively with the Chair of Governors. Candidates will need to have good administrative and IT skills and the ability to communicate with a range of audiences. Extensive training for the role will be provided if required. East Sussex County Council is an authority committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

We look forward to receiving your application for, which can be found on our website and which should be returned to Serena Rodd at srodd@chaileyschool.org Your application should comprise:

▪ A letter of application, which includes reference to those aspects of your experience, personality, knowledge and skills which will equip you for these roles;

▪ A fully completed application form.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 14th October 2022. Short-listing will take place shortly afterwards and interviews will be held on 20th October. The selection process will include formal interviews and skills assessment tasks.


Chailey School

Mill Lane, South Chailey

Lewes, East Sussex


Tel: 01273 890407

Head Teacher: Mrs Helen Key 

East Sussex County Council is committed to equality of opportunity. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.  This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will need to undertake, or currently hold, a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance for this authority.






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