Quality Marks - Hazel Court School


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Hazel Court were awarded an Ofsted Good Grade in June 2016. 

"Hazel Court is a good and improving school. In combination, the headteacher and two assistant headteachers provide dynamic and skilful leadership. Staff morale is high and everyone is ambitious to ensure all pupils achieve well and are prepared for their future lives."


Gold downloadSMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) Quality Mark

Hazel Court gained the SMSC Gold level rating using the Young Citizens self-review tool in July 2021.

Young Citizens worked with experts in the field to create the SMSC self-review tool and verification service, to help schools implement their vision and improve their delivery of pupils’ SMSC Development.

This involves schools being assessed against four quality standards in SMSC:

Standard 1: The Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

Standard 2: Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum

Standard 3: Extra-Curricular Provision

Standard 4: Whole School

The SMSC Quality Mark has been developed to ensure that children and young people are able to make a positive difference to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and globally. Through SMSC education, we help our students to develop knowledge, skills and confidence and become empowered citizens. 





Hazel Court School first achieved the Investors in Careers Award Stage 1 in March 2015 and our quality mark was renewed following  reassessment in June 2018 and July 2022.

We are committed to providing a planned programme of careers education activities throughout our students’ school and F.E. journey, with opportunities at key transition points to access impartial information and expert advice and guidance provided by YES (the Youth Employment Service) according to need.

Work experience placements are open to all students who would benefit and we have developed an excellent working relationship with an Enterprise Adviser from the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne.

Our CEIAG policy is in the policies section of our school website. Details of our work experience programme can be found in the curriculum section of the website.

Investors in Careers Report_______________________________________________________________



East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion

The East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion was awarded to Hazel Court school in July 2018 and has been developed to maintain an inclusion standard threshold in our local area and acknowledge inclusive practice already embedded in East Sussex schools.

Practice expected for the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion will aid educational settings to identify areas for development feeding directly into school improvement, and areas of potential excellence. 

The East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion  can also be used as evidence reflecting leadership and governance, the value given to the views of all stakeholders and a pursuance of best practice for all children and young adults, particularly those most vulnerable.


UNICEF Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)







From September 2018, Hazel Court will be worked with UNICEF to promote children's rights locally, nationally and globally. This included a planned programme of assemblies, charity events and curriculum opportunities based on children's rights.

On 23rd May 2019, Hazel Court School and FE underwent an assessment visit from UNICEF and were accredited with  the Silver (rights aware) Rights Respecting Schools Award.

Silver RRSA Report








Hazel Court were nominated for the Eastbourne and District Community Awards which recognise  the hard work  of local companies, organisations, groups or individuals which enrich the local community.  Hazel Court were winners of the Educational Institution of the Year 2019.

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