Working here

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. We have a very low level of staff turnover because we are kind and supportive to each other. Chailey is a school where teachers and students can thrive. Of course, working in a school is demanding and all of our staff are hard-working and go above and beyond to support our young people.

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

Science Technician

Start Date 2nd September 2024
Closing Date for applications Midday 12th July 2024 (we reserve the right to interview prior to the closing date)
Contract 37 hours per week term time only

We are seeking to appoint a Science Technician to support the Science Faculty.  The Science Department at Chailey School is very successful and you will be joining a friendly and supportive team of colleagues. The position would be suitable for anybody with an interest in Science and who wants to work with young people.  We have successfully recruited to this role students wishing to have a gap year away from their studies, people with an interest in training to be a teacher and people seeking a role within term time.


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.


For further information or to submit your application please contact Serena Rodd, at the school address shown or email:   


The application form for support staff is available below


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Application Form Teaching Post 26th May 2023 Download
Application Form Support Staff 26th May 2023 Download
Application Pack Science Technician June 2024 14th Jun 2024 Download