We are delighted to announce that our proposal for a new secondary school in Brighton received approval from the Department for Education on 5 February 2016.
It is our firm belief that education transforms lives and we want to share our experience and expertise to benefit your children and our community by sponsoring a new school. We hope to create the best possible educational and learning environment for our young people: an inspiring school for your children to achieve their potential.
We submitted a proposal to open a new school, because Brighton & Hove City Council predict that there will be a pressing need for a new school to meet the projected growth in the number of 11 to 16-year-old children, between now and 2019. Based on our long-standing relationships with primary and secondary schools in the city, our trusted reputation for educating teachers over more than 100 years, and our local community knowledge, we had all-party support from the council for our proposal. The new school will be for students aged 11-16 years, offering 180 school places each year.
The Brighton General Hospital site has been identified as the preferred site for the new school. Unfortunately, despite every effort, it has not been possible to secure the relevant agreements in time for the Education and Skills Funding Agency to proceed with the planned opening of the school in September 2018. Although it is an ambitious timeline, all parties are now working towards an opening date of September 2019 and greater certainty on the opening date will be given in summer 2018.
We hope that you will be inspired by our vision for the University of Brighton secondary school. We look forward to working with our local community as plans for the new school progress.
Dr John Smith
Interim Chief Executive
University of Brighton Academies Trust