Government to look into bringing Haywards Heath college site back into use

A schools minister has agreed there is a need for sixth form provision in Mid Sussex and to meet this ‘gap’ she has said the Government will look into bringing the Haywards Heath college site back into use.

The news was announced at a full council meeting tonight (September 26).

The former Central Sussex College campus, in Haywards Heath

The former Central Sussex College campus, in Haywards Heath

Led by our MP Sir Nicholas Soames, West Sussex County Council, Mid Sussex District Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership (Coast to Capital LEP) and the University of Sussex, a case was put to the Government that the site should be brought back into use and a sixth form should be created.

In a recent letter to Sir Nicholas, MP Anne Milton, minister of state at the Department for Education, said the case had been accepted by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Tonight, Garry Wall, leader of the district council, said he was 'very happy' to make the announcement.

He said the Government had 'heard the council's voice' and that the council would not have succeeded without the work from our MP.

Mr Wall spoke exclusively about the news to the Middy this week.

Pick up this week's paper, which is out tomorrow (September 27), to see our double-page special report.

Alternatively, read our full report online: Hope for Haywards Heath college site as minister recognises 'need'