Groombridge St. Thomas CE Primary School


Please see Admissions Arrangements below

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We would be delighted to give you a tour of our school. Please contact the office to make an appointment. If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.

Parents should apply online for a place in Reception year at before the closing date.

Please note the ESCC admissions may ask you to fill in a Supplementary Form, this is only necessary if you attend church on a regular basis. A copy of the form is an appendix to the Admissions Arrangements below.

As a church school, we use church involvement or attendance as part of our oversubscription criteria but in the current situation, the Church of England have written a statement, noting some adjustments to this criteria:

“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church has been available for public worship.”

For in-year places, you can apply directly to our school. We will then notify East Sussex Local Authority on your behalf.


If you have not been offered a place at Groombridge School, the law entitles you to appeal against the decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and Local Authority. Appeals are now being held remotely via video link. The school will make suitable arrangements for any appellants without access to the necessary technology.

If you wish to appeal, please notify the headteacher and further details will be provided. The appeals panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority as we are a Church of England School. If you wish to appeal, please. Please request an appeals form - do NOT use the East Sussex County Council form. You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.