Student Admissions

Excellence as Standard

Choosing an ambitious secondary school is an important aspect of your child’s educational journey. Thank you for considering The Eastbourne Academy. Our ambitious vision, underpinned by our core values is the driving forces behind our continued pursuit of excellence in every aspect of school life. We believe that each child deserves an education that stimulates their curiosity, fosters their ambitions, demands respect, and encourages engagement with the world around them. We're confident that our supportive and vibrant school community will provide the ideal environment for your child's academic and personal growth.


Experience Our Academy in Action

We highly recommend visiting our Academy to witness our vibrant and supportive learning community in action. This can be arranged by contacting our Admissions Officer via email at or by calling 01323 514900. These tours can be scheduled at any time during the school day, giving you an insight into life at The Eastbourne Academy.


Navigating the Admission Process

Our admissions process is straightforward and transparent, designed to provide you with all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your child's future. We understand that the transition from primary to secondary or moving schools during the year (In-Year Admissions) is a significant milestone, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.

To begin your child's journey with us, please apply through the Local Authority. Although The Eastbourne Academy manages its own admissions, all applications must be submitted through the Local Authority's online form.

Web icon Local Authority Online Application Form

How to begin

New to the Parent Portal? Open the Portal click ‘Create Account' and complete the mandatory fields. 

If you have an account, Open the Portal enter your email address and click 'Next' to enter your password.

With a Parent Portal account you can apply for:

• a school place

• free school meals

• free childcare for 2 year olds

School admissions - starting school for the first time or moving to a secondary or junior school

Only residents of East Sussex should apply on our parent portal for schools inside and outside of the county. If you live in another area (including Brighton & Hove) you should apply through your ‘home’ authority. You can only make one of these applications.


Appeals Process

If you have been refused a place at The Eastbourne Academy School you have the right to have your case considered by an independent appeal panel. Please fill in the [ESCC online form here] or you can send in your appeal with supporting documentation to:

Hannah Matthews
School Appeals Manager
Governance & Community Services Department
East Sussex County Council
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes BN7 1SW
Tel: 01273 482290


School Appeals timetable – September 2024 intake.

  Secondary Appeals

  Decisions released

  Friday 1 March

  Deadline for submitting appeals

  Thursday 28 March

  Appeals to be heard

  Throughout May until Tuesday 18 June.


 Admissions Policy

This includes details of our oversubscription criteria and how to make an appeal.

PDF icon The Eastbourne Academy Admission Policy for September 2024


If your child has special educational needs and has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), talk to your SEN Caseworker about which school you would like your child to attend and they will explain the next steps.


In-Year Admissions

If you are interested in applying for a place at The Eastbourne Academy during an academic year please apply via the Local Authority (East Sussex County Council).
Their online application form can be accessed here:

Web icon Online Application Form - Admissions



After confirming a place at The Eastbourne Academy, please complete the Student Data Collection form available on the My Child At School App or the Online Data Collection Form. If you have any queries about the admissions process, do not hesitate to contact us at 01323 514900.

Web icon My Child At School App

Web icon Online Data Collection Form