Issue details

Recommendation of a provider to run the new Burgess Hill Northern Arc All-Through School

In response to a significant housing development to the North of Burgess Hill, known as the Northern Arc, and a large number of smaller developments in the Haywards Heath and Hassocks areas, it is necessary to commission a new all-through school (for children aged 4 – 16) with additional Early Years and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) facilities.  Two sites have been identified in the Northern Arc masterplan for this school and additional facilities to be constructed.


West Sussex County Council has sought applications to sponsor the school from academy trusts who have a proven track record of improving educational attainment for children and young people, including those with SEND within a fully inclusive environment.


Following a competitive process assessed by an Evaluation Panel an academy trust has been identified as the County Council’s preferred sponsor to run the new all through school.  The Regional Schools Commissioner, through delegated powers from the Secretary of State for Education, will make the final decision on the sponsor which is likely to be announced in the Spring of 2022.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Burgess Hill East; Burgess Hill North; Cuckfield & Lucastes; Hassocks & Burgess Hill South; Haywards Heath East; Haywards Heath Town; Hurstpierpoint & Bolney;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - View reasons

Decision due: December 2021 by Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Lead member: Councillor Nigel Jupp

Contact: Vanessa Cummins, School Planning Officer Email: Tel: 033 022 23046.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Public consultation held between 28.6.21 and 26.7.21.

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553


Background papers