Plans to open new primary school

Jonathan Morris
Jonathan Morris

A bid to open a new primary school in Haywards Heath will be submitted to the Department for Education in September.

The Sussex Learning Trust, which runs Warden Park Academy and Primary Academy has announced plans to open and run a school in the Hurstwood Lane area of town.

Development plans for the area include a site for a school to meet a predicted shortfall of place by 2018/19. The Trust plans to open the school by that date, depending upon the speed of housing development in the town.

Warden Park Primary Academy was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2015 – an improvement on it’s previous rating – and headteacher Jonathan Morris said demand for places had never been higher.

He added: “Our hope is that we can repeat the success of the current primary but also increase our opportunities to collaborate with other schools.

“Research shows that when school’s work together they are more successful and this underpins the vision of the Trust.”

The Trust’s plan would be to largely replicate the curriculum and approach to schooling in place at Warden Park.

Mr Morris added: “Unusually for a primary school, the vision is built around science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and will include specialist facilities to deliver this exciting curriculum.”

The Trust should find out early in the new year if its bid has been accepted.

As well as the Hurstwood Lane bid, the Trust is still working on its proposal to take over the Haywards Heath campus of Central Sussex College, when it closes in September 2017.

Mr Morris said: “We’re doing a huge amount of work with specialist consultants around what the curriculum might look like and around the funding; because the funding for the sixth-form is quite challenging.

“We need to make sure we have all the ‘i’s dotted and all the ‘t’s crossed.”

The Trust’s bid for the college site will be submitted in March.

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