Greenfields Independent Day & Boarding School

East Sussex

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 72 (Boys) 68 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 - 19 years
  • Founded: 1981

General Information

“Greenfields Independent Day and Boarding School is an Independent Schools Association school with a Montessori-based Nursery and a Reception class (forming the Early Years Foundation Stage), an Infant and Junior School, and a Senior School including Sixth Form and long and short-term English as a Foreign Language courses.

Students aged 2 to 18 receive an all-round education for life, using the Cambridge Curriculum from Infants upwards.

Greenfields utilises a unique study method which ensures children can apply what they learn for use in life – not just to pass examinations. It has a strong moral code and zero tolerance on bullying, drugs and alcohol.

Fees start from £59 a week. Situated in beautiful grounds, with its adventure playground backing into the Ashdown Forest itself, the school is a safe and inspirational place to learn”.


The Parents and Toddlers groups and Nursery classes are Montessori based. Facilities for the older pupils include a multi-purpose sports court for tennis and basketball, a music room, science laboratories and a sports field.

Greenfields has an extensive English as a Foreign Language programme and after they have graduated from EFL, students continue with the Cambridge English Programme to gain certification in the First Certificate in English, followed by the Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English and finally in the Proficiency in English examination, recognised world-wide.

There are over fifteen clubs and societies ranging from cooking and camping clubs in the Lower School to a choir and Book Club in the Upper School. Drama clubs, a film school and a Young Writers’ Group are among the many activities which take place on a regular basis, indicating the school’s leaning towards the Arts. Greenfields has a unique extra-curricular activity in the form of the Sussex Rock School. Local professional musicians provide individual tuition to students, who often form up into bands or groups during the year.

The school attributes its success to it utilisation of the discoveries about studying and learning made by Educator and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. From his investigation into how people learn and the difficulties they encounter in the process he developed methods known as Study Technology, the first subject which actually teaches one how to learn. Study of this gives the opportunity to be confident in that it is possible to pick up and study any subject and be able to apply that knowledge straight away. Greenfields students have that opportunity.

Open Days

It's Open Day Every Day at Greenfields! If you would like to book a tour of the school, please contact our Admissions Office. Email: Tel: 01342 822189


2018/2019. From £59 per week.

Day fees. Reception - Year 6: £1060 - £1320 per term. Years 7-11: £2580 - £3460 per term. Years 12 and 13: £3800 per term.

Boarding fees. Years 7-11: £6700 per term. Years 12 and 13: £7810 per term.

We offer Short Term EFL courses throughout the school year. A child can come from as little as 2 weeks up to 7 weeks. Our price per week is £595.00, this includes lessons, activities and excursions, meals and accommodation.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Jeff Smith, B.Sc.Eng. A.M.I.Mech.E.

Contact for enquiries: Ms T. Gibson, Admissions Secretary

Greenfields Independent Day & Boarding School
Priory Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5JD

[t]: 01342 822189
[f]: 01342 825289

Location Description

Rural. Set on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in eleven acres of woodland, south of East Grinstead and yet close to A22.

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School News

Looking for a great value summer school in England? Then look no further!

Greenfields Summer School dates:

Week 1 – Tuesday 23rd July – Sunday 28th July


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2 – Sunday 28th July – Sunday 4th August

Week 3 – Sunday 4th August – Sunday 11th August

Week 4 – Sunday 11th August – Sunday 18th August

Children can attend from 1 week up to 4 weeks.


Here at Greenfields School we have been running a successful Summer School for many years, teaching students between the ages of 11-17 years old to improve their English whilst having a lot of fun along the way. We have put together a portfolio of specially-designed English courses for learners of varying ages and abilities. All this, combined with an exciting activity programme, which includes outings to places of interest such as London, Brighton, Oxford and more. This makes our Summer School a popular choice for students from all over the world!

We offer high levels of pastoral care and an exciting range of cultural and sporting activities as well to help students make the most of their stay in England. Our dedicated and highly-trained teams ensure an excellent experience for all our students from start to finish.


For further details click HERE

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The Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Rex Whittaker, has opened a new building at Greenfields School. The facility consists of an impressive 2000 square feet

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of four state-of-the-art classrooms and an office space.

The new classrooms have been assigned for the teaching of English as a Second Language, Spanish, History, Geography and Cambridge English. The external appearance of the building has been designed to complement the rural setting of the school, the Royal Ashdown Forest – and the many windows offer panoramic views of the school’s beautiful grounds.

The school would like to acknowledge that the funds for the building were bequeathed by a gentleman named Norman Lewis who had a desire to help an educational charity.

It is therefore being named ‘The Lewis Building’ in his honour.

The Executive Head, Jeff Smith, said: “This is a very positive step for the school as it improves our ability to provide our educational services to international students, who in turn visit and interact with the wider community as part of the cultural exchange which we offer.”

Photo: From left to right: Estates Team – Peter Kerekes, LJ Daly,
Mayor – Cllr. Rex Whittaker, Chief Executive – Beverley Croft, Executive Head – Jeff Smith. 


Our Summer School is for International students and the main focus is learning English, experiencing England and having fun!


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English lessons are tailored to your child’s level and are a combination of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

There are excursions and activities daily which include trips to London, Brighton, Oxford etc as well as other activities such as bowling, trampolining, baking and crafts.  Please see the schedule below for more details.

Our on site boarding house has a caring and family atmosphere with welcoming rooms and beautiful grounds.

Group bookings are welcome and we offer a free place to an accompanying teacher who assists 10 students.

Cost is £595.00 per week

Greenfields independent day and boarding school East Sussex

Our Summer School is for International students and the main focus is learning English, experiencing England and having fun!

The English lessons are tailored to your

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child’s level and are a combination of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

There are excursions and activities daily which include trips to London, Brighton, Oxford etc as well as other activities such as bowling, trampolining, baking and crafts.  Please see the schedule below for more details.

Our on site boarding house has a caring and family atmosphere with welcoming rooms and beautiful grounds.

Group bookings are welcome and we offer a free place to an accompanying teacher who assists 10 students.

Cost is £595.00 per week

For more information or to book a place, please contact:

Alexandra Loron

International Composition


has a significant number of students from around the world, from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds (including from such countries as Indonesia, Japan,

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China, Russia, France, Germany, Spain, Iraq and more)

has students of various ages and abilities arrive at the school unable to speak any English

emphasises servicing the individual’s needs

places each non-English-speaking student according to assessment of their individual literacy level

progresses students through globally-recognised qualifications such as the Preliminary English test (PET), Key English Test (KET), First Certificate in English (FCE), Advanced and Proficiency levels in Cambridge English.


All Year Round English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Programmes

Greenfields students on EFL are:

encouraged to achieve as well as other students, with teachers aiming to take particular care to ensure that they understand as the lessons progress

encouraged to study a Cambridge EFL curriculum to a suitable point before commencing other academic studies, even though this may affect the age at which they take recognised examinations.


Short-term EFL students:

can arrive at almost any point throughout the year

study English while also engaging in outings to British historical sites

take part in other activities to deepen their understanding of English culture


The students’ language development:

is observed in dedicated lessons

is observed in less formal situations, such as in small groups, and in activities where they have support so that they can participate with confidence

in some lessons, aided by a support teacher as the catalyst for activities

in other lessons, supported by the class teacher’s planning, such as identifying subject-specific vocabulary


Probably unique in the UK, Greenfields offers short-term and long-term EFL courses throughout the year. This means that students can arrive, singly or in groups, at any time in the calendar year and learn English at a level appropriate to their individual needs.

Part of the Greenfields’ ethics and morals system is the use of The Way to Happiness, a universal moral code devised by L. Ron Hubbard,

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the developer of the Study Technology used in the school. This code:

  • forms the basis for moral behaviour in the school
  • consists of 21 precepts which children of all ages are encouraged to follow
  • is used in classroom environments and as a separate course
  • embodies, reinforces and promotes British values

The student ethics system used at Greenfields is unique and based on a set of rules originally devised in consultation with the students themselves. All staff, and in particular the Student Consultant, who is in charge of the application of the ethics system throughout the school:

  • consults student willingness to observe and confront their own behaviour and that of others
  • encourages responsibility to be taken by the students for their own actions and those of others
  • permits and supports a redemptory and conciliatory approach to be taken in which reparation and amends is offered for misdeeds as opposed to punishment


Pastoral Support

As a result of all of the above, Greenfields students:

  • know where they can go for help and know that something will be done
  • commonly report that they learn self-discipline
  • learn to communicate verbally, not physically, with anyone causing annoyance

Their first port of call is their Class Tutor, with the added facility of the Student Consultant whose role is described above. If students require help in addition to that given by their Class Tutor, they are sent to the Student Consultant to assist with the resolution of any issues. These procedures are implemented consistently by all staff.


Relationships Between Staff and Students

The good relationships between staff and students, and among the students themselves are a notable feature of Greenfields School and are part of its strength. Students and staff have mutual respect and remarkable rapport which can also be judged from the high quality of graduate speeches given each year at an annual ceremony as part of the school’s Gala Weekend.

The use of Study Technology is what makes Greenfields so different. In the United Kingdom, it is, at this writing, the only school that uses

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it – though around the world it is used by hundreds of schools to the benefit of students now numbering in the millions. Applied standardly, Study Technology produces remarkable improvements in a student’s ability which is reflected in the results he or she obtains.

A private school education is available from as little as £59.00 a week at Greenfields

Greenfields School:

  • delivers an independent school education with exceptionally low fees
  • maintains a high staff to student ratio
  • furnishes a full educational solution from age 2 through to age 18, Nursery to A Levels, so that parents have a complete pathway for their child
  • offers generous discounts in the early years
  • offers Upper Senior students a 5% discount for every year they have spent in the Junior, Infant and Nursery School, up to a maximum of 30% off
  • provides facilities to support and encourage students by concentrating on adding educational value at every stage of their development
  • often takes in children whose prior school experience or progress may not have been satisfactory so that they can be permitted to flourish and achieve results to the level of their potential
  • maintains an entire department called Qualifications to ensure that students are helped through each stage of their education with one-to-one assistance as needed
  • strives to give Year 9 the widest possible choice of subjects ready for their examinations in Year 10 and beyond, in alignment with its aim to provide tailored, individual support
  • uses annual assessments provided by Cambridge International Examinations for quality control purposes, and individual teachers use other formal and informal assessments to ensure that students are making progress within the school year.
  • respects every child and young person as an individual and aims to give them opportunities to explore and realise their potential in their development of academic, sporting, creative and social skills.

The Student Consultant

  • is a role separate from that of the Heads of Schools which oversees the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the students
  • delivers pastoral care sessions which encourage students to become involved in decision-making processes
  • ensures that students are listened to in school, as well as helping students learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • oversees our ethics and morals system
  • ensures that all values are actively promoted
  • helps students to understand how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged
  • ensures that school rules and expectations are clear and fair and daily helps students to distinguish right from wrong
  • using the ethics and morals system, assists students to respect the law and the basis on which it is made and brings students to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • uses restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts where appropriate
  • supports students in developing self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • encourages students to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights, and models freedom of speech through student participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable students and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • using our ethics and morals system, helps to implement a strong anti-bullying culture in which students, parents and staff views are valued and sought, and all students are made aware, where possible, of others’ needs and how to support each other
  • actively promotes respect for individual differences, helps students to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life, and challenges prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

Continued in part 2…

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At the end of the summer term, Graduation Ceremony is held at Greenfields.  This is where the graduates give speeches about the achievements they have made

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and are heartily acknowledged for them. Here are some excerpts from their speeches about their experiences with the Study Technology.

CLAIRE KAN – Graduate with Honours

“The school is just like a big family – which makes it different from other schools. It is also different because of the Study Technology – which really helps people to study more effectively. I have particularly applied this to looking up the meanings of words so that I can better understand what I am studying and doing. Thank you to the school for providing such a nice environment to study in”.


“I want to say a few words about Study Technology. Greenfields is the only school in the country that provides this incredible discovery in the field of education to all of its students and staff. For me personally, I couldn’t imagine not being in a school that doesn’t have this technology. It has made it possible for me to not simply learn subjects off by heart, but be able to apply what I have learnt in life”.


“I’ve learnt and applied Study Technology, and therefore been able to swiftly handle any academic problems. It has, furthermore, enabled me to deal with anything else that I may encounter in my studies in the future”.


“Having been disappointed with my poor performance in the past, I made an academic comeback in Year 10. I realised that this was due to the ethics programme I had done. This motivated my aspirations, and I began to study harder and more thoroughly. With this I became more intellectual – and I also began to implement Study Technology to its full potential. The concept of being able to be rid of a headache by gaining mass on a subject is fantastic isn’t it?”.


“Before I came to Greenfields, I was at a school that I didn’t like, I was having trouble studying and I didn’t get along well with some of my teachers. Then I decided to come to Greenfields, and it’s been different ever since. One of the most remarkable things about Greenfields is the Study Technology. Looking up the meanings of words as you go makes things so much easier to study and understand.  If you don’t know what something looks like or what it does, getting the mass, the thing itself or a picture of it makes such an amazing difference. You get individual programmes and checksheets so you can work at your own speed at the right gradient for you. This has helped me through all my time here and has led up to me taking my GCSE’s. It has also helped me learn how to apply what I have studied to my everyday life”.


*Study Technology The school’s philosophy is based on Study Technology. The use of Study Technology is what makes Greenfields so different. In the United Kingdom, it is, at this writing, the only school that uses it – though around the world it is used by hundreds of schools to the benefit of students now numbering in the millions. Applied standardly, Study Technology produces remarkable improvements in a student’s ability which is reflected in the results he or she obtains.


To book a tour of the school please contact


Photo: Charlie Meer, Toby Appavoo, Matilda O’Brien, Claire Kan, Sylvana Vicente-Jones

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Greenfields staff and children have been very busy this year both with promoting the school’s unique teaching methods and with community outreach actions.

Earlier this year

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Mr Jeff Smith, Executive Head went on tour to Japan, Taiwan and Ukraine where he visited other schools and gave talks on what it is like in an English boarding school and about the use of Study Technology (a method the school uses to help children learn any subject and be able to use what they have learned in life and not just to pass exams).

Pictures above show Mr Smith giving a lecture to 40 Polish children who visited the school in May to hear more about the school and its study methods, and again to 25 Chinese children who arrived in June to take part in a Greenfields summer EFL (English as a Foreign Language) programme.

A tour was also made to Czechoslovakia with Greenfields own junior school teacher Tereza Stastna and the manager of the Greenfields Trust sponsored Effective Information Centre, Brenda Mc Quade. They visited and gave lectures to a series of the LITE language schools in Czechoslovakia.

Meanwhile at Greenfields itself, the school had a visit from an Indian Educator very interested in its methods and how he could implement them in Indian schools. Greenfields Science teacher Ms Joystna Maity, along with some of Greenfields own pupils, have also been fundraising to furnish a school in India with its first computer. The computer has now been set up and fundraising continues to next provide an interactive whiteboard.

For more information about what makes Greenfields unique please contact us.

Photo: Mr Smith giving a lecture to 40 Polish children who visited the school in May

Greenfields has a strong track record for helping to nurture the creativeness of its students. Whether via is own Theatre Company, Rock School or by

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making professional artists available for tuition, the result is that many of its former students have gone into theatre, film production, design, photography, music and many other arts. Here are some updates on some of them:


Omayma Ramzey – Hollywood makeup artist

“I was very lucky I went to Greenfields School. They have an amazing arts department. In the last three weeks of the year we would do theatre production. They put on Pride and Prejudice one year and they had a costume department where I was helping my teacher make dresses. It was amazing.”

Omayma is now living in LA where she runs her own company called Omayma Inc., providing make-up, clothing and styling services to the stars. She has also worked on music videos and numerous TV commercials including for Ford and Samsung.

The daughter of Hossam Ramzy – an Egyptian percussionist who has provided music for artists such as Shakira, Led Zeppelin and Ricky Martin – Omayma started out with an interest in fashion when she attended Greenfields School in Forest Row.

After Greenfields, Omayma gained a degree in fine art at the City and Guilds of London Art School. But she credits her time at Greenfields School with giving her the buzz for fashion, which has led her to her glamorous career.


Ali Helnwein – Musician and Orchestra Founder

“I remember some of my earliest musical memories being at Greenfields. I greatly enjoyed the lessons and learned a lot from them, which in turn helped prompt me to pursue a career as a composer conductor – now having my own chamber orchestra. Using study technology (A method that helps children learn and to retain and use what they have learned) helped me a lot in my early studies and I continue to use it every day. Knowing how to study, makes it possible to learn what I need to and want to know in order to achieve my artistic goals.”

Ali is an Emmy winning composer and has orchestrated Grammy winning projects.

He composed all the music for 13 “Touch of Evil” short films, featuring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Jessica Chastain, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Shannon, Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin and Adepero Oduye.

In 2006 he founded the Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra, which he has been successfully conducting since.  The orchestra has become known for showing up in places where one normally wouldn’t expect an orchestra, premiering new works, and playing to new audiences — performing in places such as a skatepark, a Chinatown Alley, the rooftop of the Standard, etc.


Joanna Bessey – Top Malaysian actress

“I have found study technology to be invaluable not only when I was in school but in life in general and I continue to use it on a daily basis. I have had a successful career as an actress in both the theatre and television, including hosting a programme for BBC World News recently called ‘Exploring Malaysia’.

There is no question that study technology has and does help me in accomplishing all these endeavours, as my ability to truly comprehend and therefore fully apply myself is achieved with study technology. It even helps with learning my lines rapidly!”

Joanna is the star of hit Malaysian comedy series Kopitiam and has appeared in over 200 episodes of television, 6 TV movies, 5 feature films, commercials with 2 major celebrity endorsements, voice-over work for commercials and animated series and numerous theatre productions.


Felix Kunze – International photographer

“The most valuable skill I took away from Greenfields is the ability to learn any subject I set my sights on. The school gives you the tools you need to learn about life and actually USE the knowledge you attain. The attainment of knowledge takes a back seat to the USE of knowledge, which is invaluable.”

Felix is an international world class portrait photographer whose work is often featured in magazines and events and in the portfolios of celebrities.

From his base in London, Felix travels for projects all around the globe. As well as providing some photo assistance for Annie Leibovitz in New York, he shoots a lot of portraiture as well as assignments for agencies like Getty Images, WireImage, the Redferns Music Library, Getty Travel and others, including celebrity portraits at ContourPhotos.


Shannon Tarbet – British TV and Theatre Actress

“From attending Greenfields School at such a young age I have been given a strong sense of my own integrity and belief in my competence going into any career field. If it hadn’t been for growing up in such a positive and supportive environment I don’t think I would have thought of myself being in the position I’m in today. Greenfields is a great exemplification of how important support is and I cannot thank the staff and my fellow pupils enough! At Greenfields I learned to love studying and that was because of the study tech used in this school helping me to fully grasp each subject. When you really apply something as simple as “clearing your misunderstood words” – no subject appears as a challenge anymore. Studying becomes a game! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent at Greenfields, and am very grateful for the tech this school has provided me with to flourish and prosper in life!”

Shannon first came to public attention in 2010 with her critically acclaimed professional stage debut as Delilah Evans in Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre in London where she was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer in 2010.

Her second theatre performance was in Mogadishu by Vivienne Franzmann at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester which then transferred to the Lyric Theatre in London in 2011. Shannon won the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Mogadishu and has made appearances in episodes BBC programs such as Silk, Lewis, Monroe, Inspector George Gently and many others.


Gabriel Philips Sanchez – award winning international Lighting Designer

“Greenfields gave me the opportunity to discover an art form that not many people notice – Lighting. If anything, my story shows what you can really achieve if you put your mind to it. And the answer is anything. For example, Greenfields Theatre Company – always pushing the boundaries of what can be done in such a short time scale, GTC showed me that a brilliant team can be more of an asset than a large budget. I am thrilled to be creating on lighting every day for my living, and Greenfields helped me discover this.”

Gabriel designs and installs lighting for concerts, dance shows, musicals and drama on an international level, and is manager of his own company, GPS Lighting.


Assaff Rawner – MD of Mark Roberts Motion Control

“Before coming to Greenfields I had been out of school for several months. I didn’t want to go to school anymore, I was bored with it. When I started at Greenfields, I was able to study at my own speed at each of the different levels I was at in the subjects. This allowed me to excel in certain subjects and my desire to study increased dramatically. As a result, I studied a lot of different subjects, doing exams in everything from cookery to computing, but what I enjoyed the most was electronic engineering. Needless to say after finishing my A Levels at Greenfields, electronic engineering at university was a breeze and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

MRM Motion Control is a revolutionary special effects company for the film industry used in most major films such as ‘the Matrix’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Harry Potter’ etc. Winners of a technical Oscar at the Academy Awards Hollywood 1999.


Lucy Renouf – Ballet Dancer

“I would like to let you know my appreciation for the wonderful Study Technology I have learnt here at Greenfields. Previously I found learning a chore. Now, I enjoy learning new things and taking on any task which is thrown at me”

Lucy is the most recent graduate to be mentioned here and left Greenfields to study at the Laine Theatre Arts in London in 2014. Despite her youth she is already making an impact in the dance world where she continues to excel.

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We have a variety of programmes for international students including intensive study, excursions, activities and outings to London, Brighton and

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other modern and historical sites.

Summer holiday programmes run from June to August, minimum stay 1 week. Group bookings welcome.  Boarding on school campus, rural location.

Cost £595 per week.

Greenfields independent day and boarding school East Sussex

Greenfields School attributes its success to its utilisation of the discoveries about studying and learning made by educator and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. He began

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his research into the field of study and education in the 1920’s and while assisting students in an exacting training programme in the 1960s, he did further extensive research and became aware of the absence of any systematic research and methodology on the subject of study itself. He accelerated and concluded his own investigation into how people learn and the difficulties they encounter in the process, eventually identifying the primary reasons people have any difficulty studying or learning.

From these discoveries, he went on to develop;

methods a student can use to effectively study any subject for real understanding

methods a teacher can employ to effectively teach any subject for real understanding

ways to avoid the primary causes of study difficulties

exactly how to identify and resolve study trouble when it does occur.

This organised body of study became known as Study Technology, the first subject which actually teaches one how to learn.

Consider what you, the reader, would be like if you understood all the subjects you had studied and could use all the information – maths, grammar, music, photography, physics, and so on. Or, at the very least, were completely confident that you could pick up and study any subject and be able to apply that knowledge straight away.

Greenfields students have that opportunity.

From an early age students at Greenfields become familiar with the Study Technology, as delivered through the Study Technology courses beginning with ‘Learning How to Learn’ and progressing through ‘How to Use a Dictionary’ and the ‘Grammar and Communication’ course. In the Upper School, senior students complete the ‘Study Skills for Life’ course and the ‘Basic Study Manual’, both of which have internships to ensure that they become adept at applying the technology.

Greenfields offers FREE Educational Assessments and Individual Programmes to any child. Fees start from £59 per week meaning that this exceptional private school education is available to almost everyone. Please contact us for more details or arrange a tour of the school.


More about Study Technology at:


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“Back in 2010 when my eldest son was attending a tutor in East Grinstead (Effective Education Centre), I became aware of Greenfields School.

He went on

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to attend a local state secondary school which, after two years, became apparent was not the right setting for him. We then looked at Greenfields as one of the options to move him to at the end of Year 8.

We are a Church of England family who needed a welcoming school. With this mind, and the fact that my son loved his taster day at the school, we decided to start him at Greenfields in September 2014.

The school has transformed his attitude to learning and his education in general. The small class size meant he had an opportunity to catch up on what he had missed in his previous two years in senior school. And within his first year there he was excelling even his own expectations.

He is now Year 11, has sat his English paper six months early and has predicted grades for the eight IGCSE/GCSE subjects that he can be truly proud of achieving.

Along with the exceptional teaching and dedication of the teachers and staff at the school, the attitude towards cultivating confidence and the zero tolerance of bullying policy has proved invaluable.

Drama was a subject that was never considered by our son but Greenfields own Theatre Company brought out his flair for acting, dance and singing and he is thoroughly thriving on the packed Drama GCSE schedule which involves many trips to London to see productions.

My husband, myself and our son are delighted we made the decision to send him to Greenfields. If only we had realised what there was on offer there, we would have sent him long before 2014!

Thanks to Greenfields he has a bright future ahead of him, has attained grades which give him the best chance of getting into the universitys he wants to apply for, and most importantly he is a happy and confident young man who genuinely loves going to school and has made friends from all over the world and friends for life.”

O.A. Parent – November 2016

Greenfields independent day and boarding school East Sussex

Greenfields School is distinctive in that it utilises the technology of learning developed by L. Ron Hubbard, known as Study Technology.

This teaches a student how

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to successfully learn and apply any subject. It emphasises learning knowledge and skills to actually apply it to a useful end, rather than simply learning to pass an exam or learning without any real purpose in doing so.

The Study Technology directly addresses those factors that often block a student from succeeding in what he or she is trying to study – being bogged down in the nomenclature and other misunderstood words in a subject, not having enough of the actual mass or things one is learning about to balance the significance, and not progressing at the right gradient (either too steep, or not steep enough).

Study Technology provides simple tools that any student can apply to overcome these common barriers to successful learning.

To learn more about the barriers to study download a free booklet here.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Dyslexia means;

“A general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols,

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but that do not affect general intelligence.”

According to Greenfields it means a student who has trouble with reading or other learning disabilities but does not know how to overcome them.

Here are some comments from Greenfields graduates – some of whom had been told they had  ‘learning difficulties’ before coming to the school:

“Before Greenfields, a doctor said I was dyslexic and possibly ADHD. I had a reading age of 8 when I was 11 years old. I found Greenfields and decided I wanted to go there…

I started to like going to school and had the highest reading age in the class at 16+ this was when I was 13 years old. I have also proved to my parents that I am far from dyslexic or ADHD.”

T.R. (student)

“Before I arrived at Greenfields I had been labelled ‘dyslexic’, which caused me to think that I could not do too well in my exams, so why bother? But when I walked into Greenfields, it was different. No one saw me as dyslexic. Rather, they saw that I could do well. Getting me to realise that took a little bit longer.

My time here at Greenfields has taught me to believe in my own abilities and not to listen when someone says that I cannot do something. My increasing success academically boosted my confidence and that increase in confidence in turn helped me to do better academically. I just got better and better!“

F.P. (student)

“Greenfields helps people to help themselves. No child is deemed stupid or backward or dyslexic at Greenfields, or less than perfectly capable of understanding and applying what they have learnt if put at the right level and given the right tools. This is more than a technique – it is a whole attitude towards learning.”

C.W. (student)

“When I was ten I went to an optician because I had extremely uncomfortable headaches and my eyes hurt when I studied. They said it was because of my dyslexia, and for the next two years I wore glasses. When I came to Greenfields and began to use Study Technology* I did not have to use glasses.”

P.R. (student)

* Study Technology is used by Greenfields School and teaches students how to learn. The focus is on the student actually being able to learn any subject and to be able to apply what he has learnt. For more information:

If you would like to know more about how Greenfields could help your child contact the Admissions Manager  +44 (0) 1342 822189

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