Plumpton College


Plumpton College is an amazing location at the foot of the South Downs and only 20 minutes away from the seaside town of Brighton. The College is an agricultural college during the academic year and as such it has a working farm; an Animal Care Centre; stables including one of the best horse-riding schools in the country; and beautiful grounds which can be used for outside activities.


Plumpton College is an agricultural school dating back to 1919.

During the Second World War, Plumpton was used to train recruits to the Women’s Land Army, before being sent to farms throughout the country. As a result, the College received a large amount of investment after the end of the war, in order to expand and improve its accommodation and facilities.

In the last ten years, Plumpton College has once again expanded significantly, building an animal care centre, winery, workshop facilities, library and extensions and renovations to the main building and accommodation blocks.

LocationPlumpton College - Dining Hall

Plumpton College is situated in the quiet village of Plumpton, nestled in the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, an area of outstanding beauty, 10 miles from the seaside town of Brighton.

With a sprawling site of 900 hectares, including tennis courts, sports fields, vineyards, a sports hall, an animal care centre and a forest, Plumpton College has a wide range of opportunities for sports and activities and in safe and secure setting.

Plumpton College also has the largest horse riding stables in the south of England. Bucksmore students can choose to undertake horse riding lessons as an optional extra, making use of the indoor and outdoor riding schools.

AccommodationExample Student Bedroom

Plumpton College provides both single and twin bedrooms in separate male and female accommodation blocks, and all bathrooms are shared between 4-6 students. Laundry is available onsite and free of charge.

Bucksmore also offers a complimentary airport transfer service to students arriving at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.


In addition to the Bucksmore’s residential centre management team and counsellors that provide pastoral care and support to students, there are also friendly and welcoming Plumpton College staff available 24 hours a day.