The University of Brighton Academies Trust has been working in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council to open a school for students aged 11 to 16 years, offering 180 places each year. The plans have been approved and the school will be sited in the centre-east part of the city, opening in September 2018.
An application, submitted to the Department for Education last year, was developed in partnership with the city council, with positive contributions and feedback from primary and secondary headteachers in the city. The proposal also has the support of the major political parties in Brighton and Hove.
Professor Debra Humphris, Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: “We are delighted the application has been successful. Brighton and Hove City Council predicts there will be a pressing need for a new school in Brighton to meet a projected growth in the number of 11 to 16-year-old students in the next two to three years.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with the city council and other stakeholders on this exciting development. We look forward to fully engaging and working with parents, the community and with local schools to fully develop the plans for the new school.”
Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, said: “I would like to thank the families of over 350 children who indicated their support for a new secondary school in the city. Working with partners, we look forward to realising our vision of providing outstanding educational opportunities for children from all backgrounds, as well as meeting the increased demand for secondary school places in the city.”
Council leader Warren Morgan said: ‘This is very good news for children and families in the city who need a new secondary school by 2019. It is a great contribution to the future of Brighton and Hove by the University of Brighton, which has a strong track record in excellent education.’
The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Tom Bewick, said: “With demand for secondary school places in the city due to increase over the coming years this is great news.
“We will continue to work with the University of Brighton and with our other secondary schools to ensure that there are enough secondary school places across the city to fulfil our duty to offer a place to all children resident in the city who request one.
“We will expect the new school to work in partnership with the wider family of schools across the city, as we look to provide our young people with the highest quality provision – whether that be traditional academic subjects or technical vocational education and high-quality apprenticeships.”