Great News! The Secretary of State has approved the Beckmead Trust free school applications to sponsor Kithurst Academy and The Wealden Academy... BOTH IN WEST SUSSEX

We are delighted to announce that the Secretary of State for Education has approved The Beckmead Trust to lead two brand new special schools in West Sussex.

Kithurst will be a short stay school for up to 80 children whilst Wealden Academy will have places for 120 children in receipt of Education Health and Care Plans.

Work continues with West Sussex County Council and The Department for Education to finalise the locations for the two new schools which will aim to open in the next 3 to 4 years.

Dr Jonty Clark OBE, CEO of The Beckmead Trust said...'We look forward to working with West Sussex to deliver our shared vision to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people. We will do this by providing outstanding education and care in nurturing and inclusive environments as demonstrated in our existing schools. Beckmead already enjoys an excellent relationship with colleagues in West Sussex and our partnership will work tirelessly to deliver what this group of youngsters deserve'.

The project can now progress to the next stage of pre-opening. An announcement will appear on GOV.UK shortly, where further information can be found