The School occupies an extremely large campus with excellent sporting facilities and fine views of the South Downs across the surrounding countryside. The School is situated in a pleasant residential area in the southern outskirts of the town.
A new building and remodelling programme to which the Local Authority committed over £3 million, is now completed. The first phase, which comprises two new music and drama rooms, extensive music practice and small group teaching areas, drama workshop, music and drama offices, integral internal quadrangle, refurbished School Hall and main pedestrian access route, was completed twelve years ago.
A remodelling of the main building took place during the summer holidays 1988, providing new Mathematics teaching areas and an Information Technology room, both of which link with the new Science and Technology block. Further extensive decoration and general maintenance work was undertaken during the School holidays in 1990 which improved and enhanced the general aesthetic appearance of the existing buildings and helped to harmonise them with the new buildings.
The second building phase was started in 1990 and completed approximately one year later. This involved the complete rebuilding and refurbishing of an existing teaching block, called `Sarum, providing the following new suites of rooms and departmental bases:- Art, Food Technology, English, Latin, Modern Languages, History, Geography, Religious Studies and Classics.
The third phase comprises a library and administrative building which houses a well equipped independent learning and resource area for the pupils, together with School offices. This building was completed and occupied in the Autumn Term 1991. It has a very high level of equipment and furnishing and greatly enhances the working and learning facilities for the children.
The fourth phase began in November 1991 and was completed in November 1992. This programme involved both new buildings and remodelling to form a complete Science and Technology block.
A new Sports Hall was started in November 1992 to replace the existing structure and was completed in September 1993.
The School was designated as a fully resourced School for physically disabled pupils in 1993 and a building programme, which was completed in 1994, added a fully equipped suite for physically disabled pupils together with an overhead walkway linking the whole second floor of the School, a lift and variety of additional support aids, ramps and toilets around the School. This provides full access for physically disabled pupils to all areas of the School together with appropriate resources and staffing to enable pupils to gain full benefit from as much of the curriculum as possible.
The whole initial School building programme together with an extensive landscaping scheme and car parking was then completed.
During the Summer holidays of 1995 a further physics laboratory was added in the Science and Technology block, a fully equipped Information Technology suite was finished in the Mathematics Department together with a variety of further improvements to increase the number of classrooms taking full account of the rising number of pupils.
Work started at the beginning of the Autumn Term 1995 on our new indoor swimming pool. The swimming pool is the culmination of a school savings programme lasting over eleven years. The School was very fortunate to receive a grant from the Sports and Arts Council. The pool, which was completed in the summer term 1996, is designed similarly to the Sports Hall, thus continuing the modern architectural theme throughout the school. The pool provides regular weekly swimming as part of the P.E. curriculum all the year round for our children – a long and cherished aim of the School.
The School is always looking for opportunities to enhance its provision for the children. With this very much in mind, we submitted a very detailed application for a National Lottery bid to enable us to develop further our sports facilities which was successfully granted by the Sports Council on 3rd December 1997. The plan was for a fully flood-lighted Astro-turf pitch which would enable us to play our sports all the year round, day and night and in all weathers. Also included in the plan was a large multi-surface flood-lighted playing area to accommodate 6 tennis courts, basketball and netball.
A large Sports Centre has been constructed which links both the new swimming pool and sports hall creating very much a `centre of excellence’. There is also provision for increased parking facilities. The whole project has cost over £1 million.
Work started on the Astro-turf pitch in July 1998 and it was completed in December 1998. The extension of the car park was completed in November 1998. Work started on the Sports Centre and multi-surface areas in July 1999 and was completed in April 2000. The Centre was opened and fully operational in September 2000. Work was completed on a Health Suite adjacent to the Sports Centre in October 2000 and it is now fully equipped with Health and Fitness equipment.
Four further teaching rooms were constructed during the Summer term of 1999 to take account of the increasing number of pupils in the School, together with two new Science laboratories. Two new Information Technology suites have now also been completed. A fully integrated computer network will ultimately link all departments and teaching areas of the School.
An extension to our Physically Disabled Unit was finished by September 2000. This enabled the school to admit twice the number of disabled pupils.
The Bradbury Wing was opened in 2005 and comprises 12 classrooms. The Humanities Department and the Business Department occupy this new building and in the Summer of 2009 a purpose built Business Centre room was also opened within the block.
The move of the Humanities Department has enabled us to enlarge the English Department and give them another three classrooms and a further resource area.
The Drama and Music Departments have had two further rooms added, giving us an extra music teaching area and a Dance Studio/Drama teaching room. Also in the Summer of 2009 we have completed the building of a music recording studio.
In April 2008 the school took over the management of The Tower Arts Centre and this has been considerably refurbished over the last 12 months with a new stage, and up to date lighting and sound system installed. Our Eduprint Room is also housed in the Tower where our Enterprise Companies fulfil all their printing orders.
The Astroturf Pitch originally laid in 1988 was replaced in 2012. In 2013 in order to provide additional shade and seating/picnic facilities a Sail Shade area was created in the space between the swimming pool and the gymnasium.