Decision due on plans for former home of Broadfield Free School

Broadfield House was the home to Discovery School, Crawley's first Free School until it closed in 2014
Broadfield House was the home to Discovery School, Crawley's first Free School until it closed in 2014

Plans to re-open Broadfield House as a residential school for children who have been excluded or have not been in education due to illness could be approved next week.

Discovery School, which previously occupied the regency listed building and was Crawley’s first Free School, closed in April 2014.

However, the Tri-Borough Alternative Provision Trust (TBAP) is bidding to bring the site, off Brighton Road, back into use and has submitted an application to Crawley Borough Council for a change of use from a non-residential to residential school.

The TBAP trust teaches children who have been excluded, have not attended school because of a short or long-term illness, or are a new starter waiting for a mainstream school place.

The application is recommended for approval by planning officers and is set to be debated by the council’s Development Control Committee on Monday.

According to the officers’ report the initial intake would be limited to three or four pupils, but the long-term intention is for a maximum of 14 students to stay for up to 12 weeks a time. Children would be from schools in London and Cambridge and the site would also provide ‘enhanced outdoor education experiences for small groups from the four TBAP West London Academies’.

A separate application for internal alterations to the building is pending approval.

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