The ‘all-through’ primary and secondary school is planned as part of the wider Burgess Hill Brookleigh development, providing a high-quality education for new and existing residents in the 3,500-home development and across the local area.
The secondary school that WSCC is delivering includes all the facilities recommended by the Department for Education for a school of this size. This includes a dedicated Special Support Centre, with strong sustainability credentials in line with the West Sussex County Council Climate Change Strategy 2020-2030.
As a demonstration of this Council’s Climate Change Pledge, the building aims to achieve Passivhaus certification, reflecting ultra-low carbon emissions in operation, with an acute focus on energy efficiency, insulation, on-site energy generation and no use of fossil fuels in the running of the building. Further to this, the design minimises, as far as practicable, embodied carbon.
One of the main design principles has also been to develop a building that sits sympathetically within the rich natural landscape of the site, which already includes hedgerows, mature oak trees and habitat areas for dormice and bats, which are all being retained and enhanced. The landscape design balances the need for compliant sports pitches, parking and accessible access throughout the school site with sustainable, natural drainage solutions, further tree-planting and inspiring outdoor learning areas.
Inclusion sits at the heart of this design, operating at different scales, from the school’s integration into the wider masterplan and its transport and access strategy, through to the Special Support Centre and wider facilities for special educational needs and disabilities being fully incorporated into the core of the school.
West Sussex County Council recently approved capital funding of £57.060m to build the new secondary school, which includes a financial contribution of £18.159m from master-developer Homes England.
An information event was held on 20 July 2022 and gave members of the local community the opportunity to see the plans and speak to West Sussex County Council's Project Team.