Amended plans for new Durand boarding school at Stedham

The former St Cuthman's School building. Stedham
The former St Cuthman's School building. Stedham

AMENDED plans for the controversial inner city state boarding school in the former St Cuthman’s School at Stedham could be submitted in the next few weeks.

The Durand Academy went back to the drawing board in July and scrapped plans for a proposed sixth form.

They had been expected to go before the South Downs National Park planning committee this month.

But it now looks as if amended plans will be submitted in late October or November. “After extensive consultation we realised the design, specification and layout of the sixth form boarding blocks was a sticking point which needed to be addressed,” said chief executive Sir Greg Martin when he announced the decision to scrap the sixth form.

“As such, we are amending our current application to remove this element, so that more work can be done on the designs in the longer term. The amended application will now only be for Years 9, 10 and 11 – or 375 pupils when full.

“As part of the amendment we will also be putting forward some alterations to the designs of the lower school boarding houses, moving buildings away from the southern boundary and altering some design elements in response to feedback.”

He said this was the third redesign the Durand Academy had invested in to try to reflect the views of those living nearby and planning officers ‘and we believe that we are now close to delivering a scheme the community can be proud of’.

The academy hopes to submit the amendments in ‘a matter of weeks’.