King's Academy Ringmer

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King’s Academy Ringmer
King's Academy Ringmer logo.jpg
Ringmer Community College (geograph 2594558).jpg
Type Academy
Headteacher Matt Hillier
Chair of Governors Denise Kong
Location Lewes Road
East Sussex
50°53′44″N 0°04′02″E / 50.89544°N 0.06719°E / 50.89544; 0.06719Coordinates: 50°53′44″N 0°04′02″E / 50.89544°N 0.06719°E / 50.89544; 0.06719
Local authority East Sussex
DfE URN 114505 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 750 pupils
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses Arundel, Bodiam, Lewes and Pevensey
Colours Green – Arundel; Purple – Bodiam; Yellow – Lewes; Blue – Pevensey;
Website Website

King’s Academy Ringmer is an academy school located in the village of Ringmer, East Sussex, England. It was opened in 1958 and serves a catchment area of Lewes and surrounding towns and villages. It is also a specialist technology college.[1]

The headteacher is Matt Hillier.


A school building

Ringmer Secondary School opened in 1958, serving the local area and surrounding towns and villages.

Ringmer County Secondary School gained recognition for its work with the community, including evening classes for adults. The school also had recognition for the high expectations and the excellence of the brass band, who still meet at reunions. The band travelled across Europe, with their conductor Michael Fairhurst, the original conductor for the band. He continued working at the school for many years after and ran the junior wind band on a Tuesday morning and the string quartet.

The original school building received a Civic Trust Award for its design.[2] The library was built in 1973 as the numbers of pupils, as a result of the school leaving age being raised to 16.

The secondary school became a Community College when the former Prime Minister Lord Callaghan formally opened the school.[1]

The original school building consisted of:

  • Clark Block, housing the Drama Studio, English and Technology departments.
  • Swimming pool – built in 1981.
  • Music department, which had to be extended housing studio and recording rooms.
  • Major building phase in 1988 improved Humanities and Science facilities, within a two-story building. Which were improved again in 2000 with the Specialist Technology College status.

In 2005 the John Wakely Building was built, which housed Modern Foreign Languages until 2008 when the department moved over to the Clarke Building, resulting in the English department moving into the Wakely building. The building was named after the former Headmaster John Wakely (1983–1998).

In 2008 the school re-branded with a new logo and uniform, and from September 2008 the college name was changed to 'Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form' as a new sixth form had been built.

On 1 August 2011, the school officially gained academy status.[1]

ITV news reader, Natasha Kaplinsky (born 1972), attended the school.[citation needed]


Ringmer Community College has four houses, one of which pupils are placed into when joining the school. The four houses are named after castles within Sussex - Arundel, Bodiam, Lewes and Pevensey.[3]

Sixth form

The Sixth Form Centre offers students a variety of different subjects to study at A Level, AS Level as well as Diplomas and vocational courses. The building of the new Sixth Form exhibits a new dance studio, a new design and technology workshop, new music facilities, including a recording studio and also new sports pitches.

The Sixth Form opened for lessons on 22 September 2008, and held its official opening on 30 September 2008. The Sixth Form closed down in 2016


  1. ^ a b c Teacher of French
  2. ^ Ringmer County Secondary School | Civic Trust Awards
  3. ^ House System - Ringmer Community College

External links

  • Ringmer Community College
  • Ringmer Community College – Sixth Form

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