Woodlands Meed College update

Latest on the project to rebuild the special school college in Burgess Hill


Released: 30 June, 2021

An update on the project to rebuild Woodlands Meed College was given today at the Children’s and Young People’s Services Scrutiny Meeting.

Planning permission to rebuild the Burgess Hill special school college facilities was granted earlier this year.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “West Sussex County Council is committed to supporting every child and young person in West Sussex with special educational needs and disabilities, particularly at a time when Covid-19 is creating additional challenges for these children.

“The £20 million project to rebuild Woodlands Meed College in Burgess Hill is a major part of that commitment and will provide new facilities that better meet the needs of its pupils and benefit teachers and staff.

“Following agreement between all parties on the location of the various rooms in February, we accommodated a number of design changes which the College and Governors requested. However, further requests have been made by the College, which if agreed, would increase the overall cost and potentially delay the start of the project until after the summer holiday, when pupils are on site and would be impacted by the noisiest of the building works.

“We continue to seek agreement with the College and Governors on creating the best possible new facilities within the Council’s financial resources.

"We fully appreciate how important a new college is for the whole Woodlands Meed community and hope to have a clearer way forward to share with everyone."

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