Green light for Lewes sixth form centre

An architect's drawing of the front elevation of the property in Lewes High Street
An architect's drawing of the front elevation of the property in Lewes High Street

A Lewes school is set to benefit from brand new facilities now that planning consent has been granted by the South Downs National Park Authority to convert a former barristers’ chamber in the High Street into a dedicated centre for sixth form students.

Lewes Old Grammar School is poised to move into the historic building at number 174 once it has been transformed into a bespoke education centre – with classrooms, work areas, a common room and offices for staff.

The school’s Headteacher, Robert Blewitt, is delighted that plans for improved sixth form are on target for completion by September.

“The new building, down the road from the existing Senior School, provides the ideal opportunity to create some splendid surroundings for our further education students studying their A-levels,” he said.

“We have exciting plans in store and know that parents will be delighted with what’s created.”

By relocating the sixth form, the school will gain additional space for the benefit of senior students (11-16) at the present premises where places are currently heavily over-subscribed as more parents in the area seek high quality education for their children.

The listed building has many original features which will be retained, as Jamie O’Meara from Clifford Dann Commercial in Lewes, which is handling the acquisition, explained.

“The three-storey building is something of a Tardis and is far more expansive than its narrow frontage suggests,” he said. “It will provide a wonderful base for the school’s 16-18 year olds.”

Lewes Old Grammar School can trace its origins back some 500 years to the educational foundation started by Agnes Morley during the reign of King Henry VIII.