Getting around Brighton is generally pretty easy, there are great bus links around the city and further afield, as well as plenty of cabs and a central train station. As much as possible for a city built on a set of large, rolling hills, there is plenty of encouragement for people to cycling, with a pretty comprehensive cycle lane network in the busier parts of the city.

Primary Schools

Brighton & Hove have 56 Primary schools (covering state and private) - in the most recent Ofsted inspection, only 4 of these received a 3 (Requires Improvement) or worse.

Generally primary schools in Brighton are above average for the UK, but getting your first choice is a bit of a lottery as some of the catchment areas are tiny - most schools are oversubscribed, particularly the half dozen or so that received an Outstanding from Ofsted. Traffic can also be a bit of a nightmare in the morning if you have to do a longer journey.

Typical private school fees are in the £2000-£3000 per term range for tuition, though some do offer bursaries and you can receive some funding from the local councils, depending on circumstances and child age.

Secondary Schools

At last check, almost all secondary schools in Brighton & Hove recieved at least a Good from Ofsted, though there are also few Outstandings handed out.

There are two locally famous private secondary schools - Roedean School, which is girls only secondary school and collage, situated up on a hill overlooking the sea, just to the east fo town and Brighton College, in Kemptown, which is a mixed gender secondary school and collage. Both are set in beuatiful buildings and typically get good feedback, though have no Ofsted reports and both offer boarding options too.

School buses cover all the large secondary schools and cover wide areas, so even if you've been allocated a school that's a bit further afield, it's worth checking the bus timings.

Colleges & 6th Form


Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth (VI) Form College is one of the biggest 6th form colleges in Brighton & Hove, offering AS and A levels in dozens of subjects, as well as an IT or Health and Social Care BTECs and Maths or English GCSEs. Being only a 16+ college, it has the advantage of offering specialist, targeted teaching and support, including organising University trips and open days. It recently achieved Outstanding from Ofsted and has an 80% rate of students going on to get a 2.i or higher if they study for a degree after studying at BHASVIC.

In terms of location, BHASVIC sits on Dyke Road, not far from Seven Dials and the city centre, with easy bus links. There are also staff in place to accommodate all aspects of special educational needs and the building is fully wheelchair accessible.

Varndean College -

Offering A-Levels, Access to Higher Education Courses and Adult Education Courses, Varndean sits not far from Preston Park, on Surrenden Road. You can see the seafront from the playing fields on a clear day too!

Most recently, they achieved a Good rating from Ofsted and typically have around 1400-1500 students enrolled at any one time and offer many evening classes for adult learners or international students, meaning the college stays open and busy well into the evening.

City College -

City College offers A-Levels, Adult Education, Apprenticeships and Degree level courses, putting it in the middle of this section and the Universities section below. It boasts a higher student satisfaction of 97% and has very good links with local industries and businesses, as well as being ideally located at the edge of the North Laine area. Most recent Ofsted reports classified City College as Good.

Secondary Schools with 6th Forms -

Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman and Hove Park all have smaller 6th forms offering A-Level and A-Level equivalent qualifications to students. These schools typically prioritise current secondary students who achieve the grade requirements over external applicants, but there are usually a few spaces available.

Academies with 6th Forms -

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) both offer A-Level and BTEC courses, as well as offering specific sports and digital media academy courses. They are sister colleges so you can often take courses from either when joining one.

Brighton & Sussex University

Brighton has over 34,000 students through Brighton and Sussex Universities. A large number (mostly 1st years) live on one of the 4 campuses around the city and the rest in rented accommodation (if you're looking - head on over to our Accommodation pages, or check out our Student Life guides).

Both Unis were recently in the top 100 Times University Rankings, with Sussex reaching 18th and Brighton 90th in the complete university guide 2017. Both Unis offer hundreds of courses at degree level and higher and frequently rank highly for student satisfaction.

Sussex Campus and Falmer Campus for Brighton Uni are both a bit out of town, but the 25 bus runs from the city centre to both campuses every 20 mins, pretty much 24/7, with a bit less frequency late at night.

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