Plans to expand Crawley school


Plans to expand a Crawley school have been submitted to West Sussex County Council.

If the application is approved, Desmond Anderson School, in Tilgate, will be extended to include an additional three classrooms, increasing its numbers to 420 children.

The work became necessary due to the increasing number of children requiring school places in the neighbourhood - something for which the school had been prepared.

The original Desmond Anderson school was demolished as part of the reorganisation of Thomas Bennett Community College site.

When the school was rebuilt in 2005, it included 11 classrooms and was designed with space for future expansion.

Project manager Tim Crabb, of West Sussex County Council, said: “Nationally and locally pupil numbers are rising in schools and the county council has been working with designers and a contractor to show how this increase in the pupil role could be accommodated.

“A single mobile classroom is to be provided for one year from September 2015 in close proximity to the current Year 6 accommodation and this is the subject of a separate planning application.”

Once the new part of the building is complete, the mobile classroom will be removed.

To view the planning application, log on to

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