State a preference

Although we are an academy school, the admissions process for children attending special academies is still managed by the Local Authority.

Applications to attend Torfield School are made through the East Sussex County Council application process. As a parent of a child or young person with a statement of special educational needs/ Educational Health & Care Plan you can state a preference for the school you would like your child to attend and East Sussex Children’s Services will try to meet your wishes.

Applications are made online by following the link below: 

Finding and Applying for Schools | East Sussex Local Offer

If you are not able to apply online, you should contact the Admissions and Transport team at the address below for a paper application.


For general enquiries you can contact: Admissions, Transport & Free School Meals Team County Hall St Anne’s Crescent Lewes East Sussex BN7 1SG 0300 33 09 472

Who can help?

We are always happy to help answer questions or offer advice if you are unsure how to access a place at Torfield School. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

At the Local Authority, you can contact the following teams:

  • East Sussex Children’s Services: PO Box 4 County Hall St Anne’s Crescent LEWES East Sussex BN7 1SG
  • Assessment & Planning (SEN) Team Telephone: 01273 336740 Email:
  • Information for Families: (formerly Parentlink) Confidential helpline: 0345 60 80 192 Email: informationforfamilies@ Admissions.
  • Transport & Free School Meals Team Telephone 0300 33 09 472. Email
  • Specialist Transport Officer: Telephone: 0300 33 09. Email: sen. or freeschoolmeals@eastsussex.

    You are also welcome to contact the school office and we will try and answer any questions you may have.