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Welcome to Benfield Primary School

We are very proud to lead our school which has developed so much over the last few years. Learning and aspiration is at the heart of all we do and that extends across all our community of pupils, staff and governors. We are so fortunate to lead a strong team of dedicated professionals who really do inspire our children so that they show a real thirst and enjoyment for learning. We are ably supported and challenged by our knowledgeable governors who play an active part in school life. Read more.


Child Protection and Safeguarding contacts

Safeguarding lead - Richard Dargavel
Deputy Safeguarding leads - Mariella Bird, Drew Dower,  and Marcus Long
Nominated child protection and safeguarding Governor - Harriet Keilthy

Contact Richard , Marie or Drew on 01273 916540 with any concerns, or e-mail:


Safeguarding Team


Latest News

Update on Joining the EKO Trust

Please click here to read a letter with an update on joining the EKO Trust

Starting reception

If you would like to join our school, please contact the school  to arrange a tour.

For a virtual tour of the a reception class click here.

Please contact the office on 01273 916540 to book places.


Sparrows Nursery opening at Benfield Primary from September 2023.

Please visit their website for more information.


Sparrows Nursery, Benfield Primary School

Old Shoreham Road, Portslade Brighton BN41 1 United Kingdom





Who are the Orchard Schools Partnership?

We are a collaboration of like-minded educators, cooperating across schools to deliver ever improving, professional teaching and learning, enabled by exceptional organisation, all focused on improving outcomes for children. Working closely together we will provide the highest standard of learning for our children, staff, families and community. Read more

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What is the Sussex Coasts School Alliance?

Benfield School is part of the Sussex Coast Schools Alliance.
We are an Alliance of 39 primary and special schools across Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Shoreham & Hassocks. 

Our Alliance aims to help raise standards by supporting schools, especially those in challenging circumstances. 
We aim to ensure staff are valued, developed and that all colleagues are enabled to be high quality classroom practitioners and school leaders.

Our aim is simple: to ensure our provision enables all children to achieve their best. 

For more information see sussexcoastssa.co.uk

Talk to your child about racism.


We are an Anti-Racist school: We want to ensure that that our school community is a place where everyone feels seen, represented and listened to. We want all of our staff to robustly challenge racial inequality by providing anti-racist education to ensure that our pupils contribute to making the world a more equal and fairer place for all. Through modelling awareness, inspiring a sense of curiosity, a conscious effort will be made to amplify and celebrate the achievements of non-dominant cultures and individuals to nurture affirming attitudes and behaviour for the benefit of all.  We are One: We All Belong! 

The way children understand the world evolves as they grow, but it’s never too late to talk to them about equality and racism. Please follow the link below for information about age-appropriate ways to start a conversation and explain that racism is always wrong. https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racism

If you would like to talk to anyone in school about this further, contact:

Alex Melhuish- alexandermelhuish@benfield.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Kim Fryer - kimfryer@hangleton.brighton-hove.sch.uk

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