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New primary school for up to 420 pupils opens in Faygate

Kilnwood Vale Primary School officially opened its doors to pupils this morning, Monday 16th September.



Built by Crest Nicholson in partnership with education contractor, Wilmott Dixon, the school has been described as ‘a welcomed addition to the growing Faygate community.’

The first group of students at the school included a class of 30 reception students as well as a nursery class of 20 children between the ages of two and four. Once at full capacity, the state-of-the-art school will provide places for 420 new pupils across two forms and a nursery class.

Kilnwood Vale Primary School is home to more than two hectares of open space including a football pitch, multi-use game areas and extensive playing fields. The school also features a dedicated wildlife area, including a pond and wild flower meadow for students to enjoy learning and leisure activities.

The school is set back from the road, offering easy drop-off access and parking, giving parents in Kilnwood Vale peace of mind that their children’s safety has been carefully considered. Both the school and associated nursery are designed with Kilnwood Vale’s growing community in mind, with plans set out to expand to three classes per year group as more people move to the area.

Andrew Dobson, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, said:

“We are proud to unveil the brand-new primary school and nursery at Kilnwood Vale which will benefit the local people for generations to come. At Crest Nicholson it is important that we do not only build homes, we also build communities, and Kilnwood Vale Primary School shows our commitment to this.”

Willmott Dixon’s spokesperson for the ceremony Managing Director in South London, South East, Roger Forsdyke, said:

“Having recently opened our office in Gatwick, we are able to have a better local presence, which allows us to continue to play an active role in the region’s growth. It has been great to see the students attend their first day at the brand new Kilnwood Vale Primary School. Working in partnership with Crest Nicholson to deliver a much anticipated new school for the local Faygate community, we look forward to seeing the school prosper in the years to come.” 

School operator GLF Schools, which was founded in 2012 and now looks after more than 30 primary and secondary schools, has played a key role in the design of the school. GLF Schools worked closely with teachers to incorporate their preferences for classroom layouts to create the best possible learning environment for Kilnwood Vale pupils.

GLF Schools CEO, Jon Chaloner, added:

“We are pleased to welcome our new children to Kilnwood Vale Primary School and we are delighted to see them settling in so well. GLF Schools is committed to inspiring children through our focus upon strong leadership and instilling a joy for learning; our new school provides the perfect setting.”


Extra mental health support in Crawley schools to be developed

West Sussex has been successful in a bid to develop extra mental health support in schools across two pilot areas.



New specialist Mental Health Support Teams will work with children in over 20 schools in a joint partnership between West Sussex County Council, West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Following an analysis of need, the one-year pilot will be rolled out in north-west Crawley and in Bognor Regis and Felpham.

The specialist teams will:

• Provide one-to-one support to children with mild to moderate mental health issues, building on the support already available

• Work alongside school counsellors, nurses and designated mental health leads and introduce or develop their whole school or college approach 

• Liaise with external specialist services to help students with more severe needs to get the right support

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“One in nine young people aged five to 15 are believed to have a mental health condition and we know early intervention is crucial. So I’m delighted that West Sussex school children will benefit from this exciting new pilot and I look forward to seeing it progress.”

Dr Patience Okorie, Clinical Director Crawley CCG, said:

“This is an exciting development and has come at a time when we have seen increasing need for emotional and mental wellbeing support amongst young people. We recognise the need for early intervention and support and had found there was a huge gap for this.

“The new pilot service is a great opportunity to ensure young people get the help they need at the right time and the right place.”

Alison Wallis, Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Services at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are so pleased that we were successful in our bid for this new service and that we will be able to improve and build on the early and preventative support that we currently provide for children and young people in West Sussex.

“Young people spend a large proportion of their time at school, so it really does make sense for there to be teams based in schools who are specially trained in how to support young people if they raise concerns about their mental health or emotional wellbeing. 

“I am really looking forward to seeing the positive impact that this pilot service will make.”  

The Mental Health Support Teams will now be developed and should be up and running in West Sussex by September 2020.  

It is part of NHS England’s ambition to roll out the specialist support nationally to reach up to a quarter of the country’s young people by 2022-23.

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