Cavendish School is to become an all-through school, following approval today (June 24) from East Sussex County Council’s planning committee for the development of a primary school and nursery on site.
Work will begin shortly on the two-storey construction which will be connected to the main school building by a glass walkway.
The new building will be completed by September 2016 but the primary school will launch this September with two reception classes that will be accommodated within the existing school.
The planning decision has been welcomed by the governors and staff of the school.
Peter Marchant, who will be Cavendish’s head teacher from September, said, “This is wonderful news and we are all delighted that the proposal to develop Cavendish into an all-through school is now a reality.
“We recognise there have been concerns raised and we will work with our neighbours to mitigate issues should they arise.”
For the first year, the primary phase will be accommodated in a self-contained area within the main school building.
Existing classrooms and outside space are being especially adapted for young children. They will move into the new building in September 2016.
A school spokesperson said, “The development will benefit students of all ages as many of the existing facilities will be improved as part of the construction programme.
“There will be a new canteen and all-weather sports pitches which will provide more useable outside space for sports and recreation.”
Mr Marchant added, “It will be a place where every student will have the opportunity to reach their true potential, thanks to the secure, seamless care and education that will start right at the beginning of their school days.”
Claire Kenyon, whose daughter will be among the first children starting reception at Cavendish, said: “I am really excited for my daughter to be starting at The Cavendish School in September.
“One of the things that appeals to me is that she will have access to teaching and facilities in specialist subjects like PE, the arts and languages, so that she can discover and nurture her passions in these areas right from the start of her education.”
There is a ‘welcome’ meeting on July 1 at 6pm-7pm for prospective parents. For further information, contact the school on 731340.
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