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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

Secondary Admissions

General Secondary Admissions Overview

This page includes a warning to all families that they MUST complete the admissions process within the timescales set or risk losing any chance of being placed within a Worthing secondary school. There is a link to the West Sussex secondary admissions page - West Sussex manage admissions for all local secondary schools, including academies.

We have also identified all mainstream, specialist support centres and specialist special education schools within central worthing and further afield - to Littlehampton, Steyning and Lancing. We would recommend that all families make very effort to view and consider multiple schools as existing impressions may be changed by the most up to date information and experience of a school that they may not have previously considered. It is also important to note that different schools suit different individuals and families - it is important to be led by

  • reliable evidence e.g. Ofsted reports & parent feedback and school achievement outcomes;
  • your own feelings and sense based on your experience, your research and the thoughts and feelings of your child in response to any open event.
  • families should avoid simply following the most popular trend for the school that is seemingly the favourite - determine what is best for you.

Chesswood Junior School do not recommend any one specific school unless there are specific special educational need or there are exceptional circumstances e.g. a child is currently in care. To set family minds at rest, you simply cannot go wrong in Worthing at the moment, all schools are good and are providing parents and children with a good service - you really are spoilt for choice!

IMPORTANT: Parents MUST Apply within the times-scales set

In the first half of the autumn term in each academic year ALL families with children in Year 6 MUST select preferences for their child's secondary school in the following academic year. The importance of parents engaging and ensuring they apply and meet the deadlines of this process cannot be underestimated. Parents are able to indicate a preference of school rather than choose a school. This is an important difference as the most popular schools in Worthing will have long waiting lists and therefore any late application to the most popular schools is extremely unlikely to be successful and may lead to a secondary school place being awarded at secondary schools outside of Worthing. This happens to a small number of children every year and is devastating to them personally when it does. They will be separated from their friends, they need to travel further and longer each day than they would have done; they are not within their own community; they are likely then to have the worst possible start to secondary school which exacerbates risks to their learning, mental health and well being that could have easily been avoided if parents had engaged and taken this secondary process seriously by completing the application process within the time limits set. As a school we are unable to influence a place at a secondary school if a family has not worked within the set timescales for application.

West Sussex Secondary Admissions

To apply for a secondary school place where your child is currently Year 6 click on the image below to visit the West Sussex school admissions website. 

Local Secondary Schools and Special Support Centres

Central Worthing

School Link

Bohunt Secondary Academy

Head teacher: Adam Whitehead

65A Broadwater Road, Worthing, BN14 8AH

01903 601361


Davisons High School for Girls

Head teacher: Chris Keating

Selborne Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2JX

01903 233835


St Andrew's High School

It is important to note that St Andrew's will be co-educational from September 2021. 

Head teacher: Mia Lowney

Sackville Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 8BG

01903 820676


Worthing High School

Worthing High School includes a specialist support centre. 

Head teacher: Pan Panayiotou

South Farm Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 7AR

01903 237864


Outside of central Worthing, 

School Link

The Angmering School

The Angmering School includes a specialist unit for physical learning difficulties & additional learning needs.

Head teacher: Simon Liley

Station Rd, Angmering, Littlehampton BN16 4HH

01903 772351


Durrington High School

Head teacher: Sue Marooney

The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 1JX

01903 244 957


Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Head teacher: Kieran Scanlon

Upper Boundstone Lane, Sompting, Lancing, BN15 9QZ

01903 767434


St Oscar Romero Catholic High School

Formerly Chatsmore Catholic High School

Head teacher: Mr P Byrne

Goring Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 5AF

01903 241368


Steyning Grammar School

Steyning Grammar School includes a specialist unit

Associate Head teacher: Natasha Nicol

Shooting Field, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3RX

01903 814555


The Littlehampton Academy

TLA includes a specialist unit

Head teacher: M P Thomas

Fitzalan Rd, Littlehampton BN17 6FE

01903 711120


Specialist Support Centres and Special Schools

Information Link

West Sussex Specialist Support Centres

The West Sussex local authority resources special support centres (SSC) in designated mainstream schools in order to meet the needs of pupils who have statements of special educational needs. 

Please click on the link opposite to open further information from West Sussex about specialist support centres. From this page you will be able to view all specialist special educational provision managed by the Local Authority throughout West Sussex.

Oak Grove College

Admissions to the College are controlled by the local authority (West Sussex County Council) – The Children’s and Young People’s Service.

A student will be considered for admission if he or she has a statement of special educational need indicating learning difficulties requiring substantial modification to curriculum and support arrangements beyond those available in mainstream schools.  In all cases students will be achieving significantly below expectations for their age, typically in the range of P levels to Level 2 in core subjects.

The majority of students join the College in Year 7 when they transfer from the two primary special schools. Others have been in mainstream schools or special support centres and referred for admission following re-assessment or recommendation from an Annual Review.  The usual time of entry is the beginning of the College year in September.  Admission at other points in the year will be considered where families move into the catchment area of the College or where there are particular changes in the educational needs of a student that demand earlier intervention.