Steyning Grammar School gets Capital Funding for new classroom blocks
26th February 2015

Steyning Grammar School is one of the successful Department for Education (DfE) Priority Schools Building Programme bids selected to receive significant funding as part of the Phase 2 school building programme.  Steyning is one of only three successful school bids across West Sussex.

This announcement comes today from the Minister of State for Schools and the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Department of Education, who have announced over £6 billion of investment to improve the condition of the school estate, with the first investment of around £2 billion for rebuilding and major refurbishment projects. As a result, thousands more pupils will see their learning environments transformed.

As part of this funding Steyning Grammar School will be receiving significant investment that will be directed at the replacement of all temporary accommodation on the Shooting Field site with a permanent classroom block.

Nick Wergan, Headteacher at Steyning Grammar Schools 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 2014, the DfE announced the release of capital funding under the Priority School Building Programme Phase 2 (PSBP2) to address major building condition issues within the school estate.  West Sussex County Council submitted a list of five schools select to receive funding. 

We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone involved in putting the Steyning Grammar School bid together and for the support we have had from West Sussex County Council.

Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “It’s really great news that three schools in the county have been successful in their bid for funding from this project.

“Ensuring our children are able to learn and study in high quality environments is important and I’m delighted that pupils attending these schools will be able to reap the rewards.”

Nick Wergan added: “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 on all schools will commence from April onwards to assess the detailed work required, together with any specific site issues, and to review the best method and timescale for delivery.


About Steyning Grammar School:

A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.

Steyning Grammar School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework.  The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding costs to cover.

Full details can be found on the school’s website

Steyning Grammar School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2014, visit our website  for more details or to register your interest in the events. 

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