Decision details

Initial Consultation Process - Burgess Hill Free School Presumption Competition - LS02 (21/22)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


In response to significant housing development to the North of Burgess Hill, known as the Burgess Hill Northern Arc, and a large number of smaller developments in the Haywards Heath and Hassocks area, it is necessary to commission a new all through free school (for children aged 4 – 16) with additional Early Years and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities facilities over two sites as part of the Northern Arc.  Identifying a sponsor will be via a Local Authority led presumption competition process with the final decision taken by the Secretary of State for Education in 2022.


The first stage of the competition process is to commence an initial four-week consultation from 28 June to 26 July 2021 engaging with local education stakeholders and residents to inform the proposed specification of the school and seek views on the education offer that could be provided to the children and young people in this new community and the wider South and Central Mid Sussex area.


The Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills has approved the commencement of the initial consultation process to run from 28 June to 26 July 2021 in order to inform a presumption competition to seek expressions of interest from potential sponsors for a new all through free school located in the Northern Arc development, Burgess Hill.

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Publication date: 14/06/2021

Date of decision: 14/06/2021

Effective from: 24/06/2021

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