Falmer High School

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Falmer High School
Established 1957
Closed 2010 (replaced by Brighton Aldridge Community Academy)
Type Community school
Location Lewes Road
East Sussex
50°51′32″N 0°05′28″W / 50.859°N 0.091°W / 50.859; -0.091Coordinates: 50°51′32″N 0°05′28″W / 50.859°N 0.091°W / 50.859; -0.091
Local authority Brighton and Hove
DfE URN 114583 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 657
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Former name Westlain Grammar School
Former pupils Old Westlainians

Falmer High School was a community mixed-sex non-denominational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 16 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. It closed on 31 August 2010 and was replaced by Brighton Aldridge Community Academy on the same site, sponsored by Rod Aldridge.


Grammar school[edit]

It was Westlain Grammar School and administered by the Brighton Education Committee. It opened as the Westlain Mixed Grammar School in 1957.


It became a bi-lateral school in 1973 for ages 12–18 with 1,200 boys and girls, when it joined with Stanmer Secondary Modern School. It became administered by East Sussex Education Committee. By the late 1970s it was a comprehensive school. It became a school many parents from Brighton suburbs tried to avoid in the 1980s, as it served the council estates along Lewes Road, with some parents even going to court to stop their children attending the school.

Falmer School was awarded the Artsmark Silver in 2001 and Healthy School Status in March 2008.


Falmer High School was closed on 31 August 2010, replaced by the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy on the same site, sponsored by Rod Aldridge.

Academic performance[edit]

Most of Brighton and Hove's schools are below average at GCSE, and Falmer High School was joint bottom with results below the government minimum with Portslade Community College.


Westlain Grammar School[edit]

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