Amended boarding school plans from Durand Academy

Amended plans for the Durand Academy boarding school at St Cuthmans
Amended plans for the Durand Academy boarding school at St Cuthmans

DURAND Academy, which plans to open a weekly boarding school for inner-city children in the former St Cuthman’s School at Stedham, has now submitted an amendment.

The school wants to extend its existing primary and middle school by opening up a secondary boarding facility for pupils from less-advantaged backgrounds, in the heart of the park.

The change follows Durand’s previous planning submission in March, which it says it has altered to reflect feedback from the national park authority and residents.

“The Durand team realised the design, specification and layout of the sixth form boarding blocks in the previous application was a sticking point,” said a spokesman. “As such we decided to invest in a third design to remove this aspect, so that more work can be done on the designs in the longer term.”

The configuration of the junior boarding houses has also been altered ‘to give more of a village feel on the site’ and in addition some building design elements have been altered.

The amended application is for 375 pupils aged 13-16. Durand intends to put forward a second application – to be judged separately – for the sixth-form element at a later date, once the design and specification of the boarding blocks has been considered in more detail.

Greg Martin, executive head of Durand Academy, said:“We have worked tirelessly on this application and remain committed to delivering an outstanding school in the heart of the community.”