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Petitioning Chair of the Planning Committee, South Downs National Parks Authority Andrew Shaxson and 1 other

Support Durand Academy’s boarding school application


This petition calls on the South Downs National Parks Authority to approve Durand Academy’s boarding school planning application in West Sussex.

Durand Academy has a track record for delivering excellence in education, scoring in the top 1-2% nationally for the amount of progress children make from when they join, with pupils achieving significantly above national averages.

Durand’s proposals for a secondary boarding element at the St Cuthman’s site will provide its pupils with the opportunity to experience a rich and broad school education in West Sussex, at no cost to parents. Building on a site which has traditionally been used for educational use, children will receive extended days of focused teaching, learning, sporting and creative pursuits in the beautiful South Downs National Park, from Monday to Friday, before going home to London at the weekends to be with their families.

Durand's proposal symbolises exactly what the National Parks are all about; opening up opportunities for people of all backgrounds, and sharing this beautiful space with people from all over the country.

Please join me in showing your support for Durand Academy’s planning application and calling on the South Downs National Parks Authority to approve it.

We want to get 1,500 signatures for this petition and will present it to the Authority before the Planning Committee meeting, where Durand's application will be judged.  Please encourage your family and friends to sign too.

The deadline is the end of November 2013 - please act fast!

Letter to
Chair of the Planning Committee, South Downs National Parks Authority Andrew Shaxson
Major Applications & Enforcement Lead, South Downs National Park Authority Pat Aird
I call on the South Downs National Parks Authority to approve Durand Academy’s boarding school planning application for the St Cuthman’s site in West Sussex. I believe this project will create life-changing educational opportunities for talented children from South London, and that it is something that West Sussex, and the whole country can be proud of. Durand’s proposed use of the St Cuthman’s site supports the National Park’s two main objectives: education and conservation.