The Weald School, West Sussex
The Weald School is an OFSTED ‘outstanding’ mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 18 year olds, teaching around 1,600 students, one of the highest performing non-selective sixth forms in the South of England.
With a reputation for excellence - academically and in its student’s behaviour - The Weald’s popularity meant expansion and redevelopment was required to accommodate more pupils.
Based on a pleasant 25-acre site, the large school already has exceptional facilities allowing it to offer a varied range of academic and vocational courses, including all-weather floodlit sports pitches, gym and swimming pool. And now, following a £10.3 million grant, significant expansion is underway, with works due for completion in 2017.
The redevelopment includes a three-storey in-fill teaching block with high-tech classrooms covering a range of subjects; extra science, drama and music provision, plus new ICT infrastructure. In addition, the school will benefit from improved kitchen facilities, the erection of a roof to provide a two-storey covered dining space, a dedicated recycling area and enhanced sixth-form space.
The finished school will be able to increase its capacity from 1,500 to potentially 1,900 children.