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KS3 to Towers - FAQs

Where will KS3 Church Street students be based in September, and why? 

 

KS3 Church Street students will be based at TheTowers campus. Since acquiring the lease on the Towers we have listened to our community regarding the specific needs and aspirations for our Year 7 and Year 8 students. We know how important - now, more than ever -a nurturing environment and dedicated facilities for younger secondary students are to parents. With the Towers’ impressive facilities, we are confident that this will give students the best possible foundation ahead of joining the Upper School in Year 9 at our Shooting Field campus.

 

Where will KS5 SGS students be based in September and why?

 

KS5 students will be based at our Shooting Field campus. We recognise that our Key Stage 5 students need a mature learning environment, situated in a central location, with a broad curriculum complemented by excellent sporting, and leisure facilities, good transport links and to be taught by staff who know them well. We have exciting plans for further investment in the Shooting Field site focused on Year 12 and Year 13 students, including creating a dedicated sixth form campus within the site itself, a separate sixth form only entrance and dedicated student parking.

 

Why has this decision been made so late? 

 

An options appraisal of all aspects of SGS provision was undertaken following the School’s incorporation into BET in December, and these analyses have reinforced the value added to our provision by making this change. The timeline has been compounded by the poor condition of the Church Street accommodation and the complications of project management during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

When can I visit the Towers or Shooting Field campuses?

 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host tours of our campuses at the moment. We hope, however, to be able to offer virtual tours and videos in due course. When restrictions are lifted enough to enable us to offer in-person visits, we will be in contact with parents.

 

Please see here for a short video tour of the Towers campus.

 

What are the transport options for KS3 students to The Towers? 

 

As an Eco School, we encourage local students to walk or cycle to the Towers where possible. There is a footbridge over the Steyning By-Pass near to Goring Road, that connects to the bridleway. From here students can use the footpaths through Bramber to the Towers. Walking from our present Church Street campus takes less than 30 minutes and you can see our suggested route here via Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/6YrKhjymudN2dRBu9
 

West Sussex County Council run school bus services for students outside of Steyning who meet their eligibility criteria for transport and this will continue as normal, with Year 7 and Year 8 students being dropped at the Towers before the buses continue on to Shooting Field

 

For students living in Steyning, due to the WSCC’s policy of not providing transport for students within 3 miles of their school, we will provide a transfer service between Shooting Field and the Towers each morning and after school.  However, this service is subject to ongoing WSCC negotiations, we will provide further details and information as soon as we are able.

 

For students who take the Shoreham No 2 Brighton and Hove Bus, there is a bus stop outside the Towers. 

 

What are the transport options for KS5 students to Shooting Field?

 

These remain unaffected by the changes outlined above. West Sussex County Council runs school bus services for students in the catchment area who meet their eligibility criteria. However, sixth form students are not guaranteed a place and there is a charge for the service.  

 

For students living in the Findon, Worthing and Lancing areas, Compass Travel operates two dedicated public service routes during term time. 

 

For students living in Shoreham, Southwick, Portslade areas, public service routes are available via Brighton and Hove buses.

 

When will the planned improvements to the Sixth Form at Shooting Field take place?

 

As you might expect this is a fast moving and dynamic situation as Covid-19 continues to have a negative and unpredictable impact on project planning and school finances. This uncertainty means that it is unlikely we will be able to make significant improvements  to the Shooting Field site ahead of September, 2021.  However, we are keen to work with students to design outstanding learning and social spaces together and these projects will be an exciting legacy for the current students.

 

What can I do if I have further questions regarding my child attending The Towers (KS3) or Shooting Field (KS5) campus?

 

Please email the relevant campus office:

KS3 email - consultation@sgs.uk.net

KS5 email - consultation@sgs.uk.net