Cavendish School is to become an all-through school, following approval by 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 which will be accommodated within the existing school.
The planning decision has been welcomed by the governors and staff of the school and Peter Marchant, 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.
School officials say 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 said, “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.”
There has been considerable support for the all-through school from the community and many parents with children starting reception in September have chosen to send them to Cavendish.
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 Cavendish 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.”
But not everybody was pleased at the decision.
Residents are unhappy at the proposals and people took to Facebook to voice their concerns at the traffic problems in the area.
Claire Roberts said, “What are the proposed plans for traffic calming in Eldon Road? It’s a nightmare at school time as it is.”
Nicola Johnson said, “Eldon Road and Victoria Drive are main bus routes, it’s going to be manic.”
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