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

School Business Manager

Start Date 1st September 2024
Closing Date for applications Midday 26th July 2024 (we reserve the right to interview prior to the closing date)
Contract Full time 52 weeks per year

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and skilled professional who will be responsible for:

  • Managing the school finances and health and safety
  • Overseeing facilities management and the administrative functions of the school.
  • Maintaining appropriate financial systems and controls to ensure the school complies with all regulatory requirements
  • Ensuring that financial information is both accurate and readily available to support financial decision making processes.

The role includes an extensive range of responsibilities that will require a broad set of skills, relevant qualifications, enthusiasm, and resilience.

The successful candidate will also be a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team and will interact with a wide variety of stakeholders (staff, governors, parents and students, contractors, and other advisors).

We strongly encourage potential applicants to visit us. Please call Serena Rodd, PA to the Head Teacher, on 01273 890407.

Please note that recruitment packs for this vacancy will only be provided directly to an individual considering applying to our school for this opportunity.  This school does not enter into business with Recruitment Agencies, or other commercial organisations, on behalf of their clients seeking employment.

Closing date for applications: noon 26th July 2024 – we reserve the right to interview on application.

Kitchen Assistant

Start Date 2nd September 2024
Hours 20 hours per week

As a kitchen assistant you are at the heart of our operation and we are looking for individuals who share our energy and passion and will contribute to our ongoing success. You will be working in a team of fantastic people. As a Kitchen Assistant you will undertake basic food preparation, ensure the correct use of all machinery and equipment, assist as and when required with the loading or unloading of deliveries and perform other general tasks to support effective food service delivery. Experience is not necessary but a willingness to learn is.

Based at Chailey school, Compass offers on PerksAtWork access to a wide range of programs to train and develop (Pension Contribution Aviva digi healthcare app)

Monday - Friday term time only, 20 hours per week, pro-rata £11.44 per hour. Commencing September 2nd 2024.

Applications to:





Page Downloads Date  
Application Form Teaching Post 26th May 2023 Download
Application Form Support Staff 26th May 2023 Download
Application Pack Business Manager September 2024 08th Jul 2024 Download