New build at Steyning Grammar School announced

Steyning Grammar School head teacher Nick Wergan
Steyning Grammar School head teacher Nick Wergan

STEYNING Grammar School has succeeded in its bid for significant Government funding to pay for new classrooms.

It means the huts at the Shooting Field site will be replaced by a new, permanent classroom block.

Steyning is one of three schools in West Sussex and 277 across the country to make a successful bid in phase two of the Department for Education Priority Schools Building Programme.

The new capital funding announcement was made today by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. More than £6billion will invested in improving the standard of schools, with the first £2billion to be used for rebuilding and major refurbishment projects.

Steyning, which has a wide catchment area, will receive a significant investment to replace all the temporary accommodation on the Shooting Field site with a permanent classroom block.

Head teacher Nick Wergan said: “Improving our buildings has been one priority of our ‘journey to excellence’ – this is an investment in our ethos of highest expectations.

“Staff and students are absolutely delighted that our temporary classrooms will be consigned to history. We combine a tradition of excellence with preparing students for their exciting futures – it is great news that the small minority of our classrooms that did not meet these high standards will now be replaced with the best learning spaces for our students.

“We are delighted that the hard work, ambition and achievement of our staff and students is being recognised, and that our building provision will now reflect the innovation and high aspiration of our teaching practice.”

In May last year, the Department for Education announced the release of capital funding under the Priority School Building Programme Phase 2 (PSBP2) to address major building condition issues. West Sussex County Council submitted a list of five schools select to receive funding. Alongside Steyning, Pound Hill Junior School and Holy Trinity CofE Secondary School in Crawley were successful.

Mr Wergan said: “This is an exciting school to teach and learn in – and this funding news is a welcome boost to our ambitious school development plans, supporting every student in ‘being the best they can be’.“

Scoping studies to assess the detailed work required will begin in April. The timescale for delivery will then be decided.