Preparing to take the next steps in life

Developing Personal Excellence

Welcome to Willingdon Community School

On behalf of the students, staff and governors of Willingdon Community School, I should like to give you a very warm welcome to our website and invite you to explore its content.

Emily Beer - Headteacher


Coronavirus / School Information Updates

Return to School - September 2020

New Year 7 only will start on Friday 4th   September at 8:30am - This is a normal school day.

New Years 10 and 11 will return on Monday 7th September at 8:30am.  Year 7 will also be in school for this day.

New Years 8 and 9 will return on Tuesday 8th September at 8:30am.  Years 7, 10 and 11 will also be in school on this day.

There will be online preparatory work for the year ahead for year groups who are waiting to return, from Friday 4th September.


Chromebook device scheme for our new Year 7 intake


Chromebook Device Scheme Parent Letter


Term 6


End of term letter to parents - 22.7.20

Year 11 Results Day - Video message from Mr Roche

Headteacher's Update - Video message from Ms Beer - 10.6.20

Year 6 Virtual Meet the Tutor / Parents' Evening Video

East Sussex Letter to the community on behalf of Secondary Schools

2020/21 Inset Days - AMENDED

Thursday 3rd September 2020 

Friday 2nd October 2020

Friday 18th December 2020

Monday 4th January 2021

Friday 12th February 2021


Willingdon 2000 Books Challenge is now completed!

Fantastic! As a reading community, staff and students have read more than 2000 books in terms 5 and 6!
If you are looking for ideas for summer reading see 

Reading for Pleasure ideas
Remember: in September we all need to have a reading book in our bags every day. Our next reading challenge will begin at the start of Term 1. 
Join us then as we build a reading community: one book and one reader at a time.

Students can now reserve books from the school library
(Click on the Guest link in the top right corner of the page, then the 'Login via SSO' button)

Latest News

WCS Whole School Reopening Risk Assessment

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Careers Newsletter - July 2020

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Year 11 Results Day

Mr Roche Video

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Ofsted Parent View

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Admission to Willingdon Community School, September 2020

September 2020 Admissions - Click Here



  • 1000 Students at our school
  • 20+ After-school Enrichment clubs every week

Preparing to take the next steps in life

The school is regularly over subscribed, with 1000 students on roll. School buses provide transport for over 250 students from the Stone Cross, Pevensey, Westham and Langney areas of Eastbourne. We take students from approximately 15 different primary and private schools from across the area, with the majority coming from Willingdon, Polegate, Stone Cross, Pevensey & Westham and Hankham primary schools. We have a particularly close working relationship with Polegate and Willingdon primary schools, with whom we have formed a collaborative partnership aimed at developing the quality of transition to secondary school. Initiatives developed through this collaboration also benefit students joining us from other schools.

We are one of seven secondary schools and a large FE College (Sussex Downs College), which work very closely together on a range of initiatives. Working collaboratively, the schools and college have developed a number of flexible curriculum offers, strategies to support the development of good behaviour, improved transition to college at 16, staff development programmes and a range of other joint activities.

Willingdon has taken a prominent role in leading on many of these, to the benefit of all schools locally. As a recently designated Teaching School, working together with local schools is very much at the heart of our work, impacting on the quality of our provision but also providing a range of development opportunities for new and experienced teachers.

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Please contact the school each day via Edulink. You may also email or text to 07418 344551.