Falmer High School
|Closed||2010 (replaced by Brighton Aldridge Community Academy)|
|Local authority||Brighton and Hove|
|DfE URN||114583 Tables|
|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.
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.
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
- Alan Coppin, Chief Executive from 1988-98 of the Wembley Stadium (1923), and from 1999-2003 of Historic Royal Palaces
- Dave Hill, professor and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition PPC for Brighton Kemptown)
- Jenny Jones, Green Member of the London Assembly
- Gary Powell (actor), played Laurie Bates in EastEnders in the late 1980s
- Janine Sharp, children's television presenter on Play Away (1972–74)
- Jane Stoggles, opera singer
- Sir Ian Weller FRCP, Professor from 1991–2011 at the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research, Department of Infection and Population Health, University College London (UCL)
- David Lepper, Labour MP since 1997 for Brighton Pavilion (taught from 1968–96)
- Prof Ian Spink, Director of Music from 1960–62