New secondary school for Brighton approved by government

Posted On 05 Feb 2016 at 10:19 am

The government has given approved plans for a new secondary school in Brighton.

The free school will be sponsored by Brighton University and serve students aged 11 to 16 years old with 180 places on offer each year.

The new school is expected to be in the east or central area of the city and is due to open in September 2018.

Debra Humphris

Debra Humphris

The University of Brighton Academies Trust has been working with Brighton and Hove City Council on the school plans as a shortage of secondary places looms.

The government only allows new schools to open if they are academies or free schools.

Brighton University vice chancellor Debra Humphris said: “We are delighted the application has been successful.

“Brighton and Hove City Council predicts there will be a pressing need for a new school in Brighton to meet a projected growth in the number of 11 to 16-year-old students in the next two to three years.

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with the city council and other stakeholders on this exciting development.

“We look forward to fully engaging and working with parents, the community and with local schools to fully develop the plans for the new school.”

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, said: “I would like to thank the families of over 350 children who indicated their support for a new secondary school in the city.

“Working with partners, we look forward to realising our vision of providing outstanding educational opportunities for children from all backgrounds, as well as meeting the increased demand for secondary school places in the city.”

Council leader Warren Morgan said: “This is very good news for children and families in the city who need a new secondary school by 2019.

“It is a great contribution to the future of Brighton and Hove by the University of Brighton, which has a strong track record in excellent education.”

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