A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3, Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) Including Crawley New Town. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1987.
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The master plan provided for nine secondary schools including a technical high school; they were to be placed in groups of three on campus sites surrounded by playing fields and other communal buildings at Hazelwick, Ifield, and Tilgate. There were to be an infant and junior school at each neighbourhood centre, with two in Southgate, and in each neighbourhood up to three nursery schools, including one at the neighbourhood centre; each was to provide 40 places. A Roman Catholic primary school and secondary school were to be placed together on a site in the north-east part of Southgate. (fn. 1)
In fact there were several departures from the plan. The nursery schools and the technical high school were not built. On the other hand, more Roman Catholic schools were eventually required, and they were scattered throughout the neighbourhoods. Only one Catholic primary school was built on the Southgate site. Several other primary schools were built away from neighbourhood centres, particularly in those neighbourhoods last to be built up. The comprehensive school at Gossops Green is not on a campus.
The development corporation was not an education authority, and responsibility for new schools fell on West and East Sussex county councils. West Sussex council in particular was at first criticized for slowness in providing primary schools, and local complaints culminated in an inquiry completed in 1953 by three county councillors representing Crawley. (fn. 2)
Primary schools. (fn. 2)
Three Bridges county primary school, North Road: infants school extended before 1953; pupils transferred to Worth county primary school 1953. New county junior school, Gales Drive, on site of North Road school: opened 1955; pupils transferred from Worth county primary school. Became middle school 1971; 238 on roll in 1984. County infants school moved to Gales Place between 1960 and 1971 when it became a first school; 181 on roll in 1984.
Worth Church of England elementary school: a mixed junior and infants school, successor to National school opened in 1852; in 1950 it became Worth secondary modern school. (fn. 4)
Worth county primary school: opened 1953, in buildings of former Worth secondary modern school; closed 1955. (fn. 5)
Pound Hill county junior and infants school: opened c. 1955; from 1957 also took over buildings of former Worth county primary school; first and middle school from 1971; 260 on roll of first school in 1984, 476 on that of middle school.
Bishop Bell junior and infants school, Tilgate: infants school opened 1958, junior 1959; became first and middle school 1972 × 1975; first department closed c. 1979; 358 on roll of middle school in 1984.
Robert May county junior and infants school: opened 1964; became first and middle school 1972 × 1975; middle department closed 1979; (fn. 6) 229 on roll of first school in 1984. Middle school buildings in use 1985 by West Sussex C.C. education department and as an outpost of the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education.
Bewbush county middle school: being built 1982; (fn. 7) in use as an annexe of West Green school in 1985.
Worth county secondary modern school: opened 1950 in buildings of former Worth Church of England school; closed 1953. (fn. 8)
St. Wilfrid's Roman Catholic (Aided) modern school, Old Horsham Road: opened in Oakwood house c. 1952; new buildings 1953, extensions 1958 and c. 1962; (fn. 9) became comprehensive 1967, and by 1970 a comprehensive for pupils aged 13 to 18, of whom 693 on roll in 1984.
Hazelwick county secondary modern school: opened 1953; new building added 1959; became bilateral modern and grammar school 1960-1; regarded as comprehensive by 1964, when there were further extensions; roll was 1,675 in 1984.
Ifield county grammar school: opened 1955; merged in 1966 with Sarah Robinson school, with which it had shared a campus and a close working relationship, (fn. 10) as Ifield comprehensive school.
Thomas Bennett county school, Tilgate: planned as one grammar and two secondary modern schools sharing a campus; opened 1958 on comprehensive lines; (fn. 11) third block added 1960, when it was described as a bilateral modern and grammar school; officially described as comprehensive 1965, and was then the largest comprehensive school in Great Britain; (fn. 12) became community school c. 1979; roll was 1,323 in 1984.
Holy Trinity Church of England comprehensive school: opened 1967, (fn. 13) officially by Queen Elizabeth II in 1969; in 1970 an 11-18 comprehensive; 965 on roll in 1984.
Crawley College of Further Education, later Crawley College of Technology, in College Road, was begun by West Sussex county council in 1956. (fn. 14) The first stage opened in 1958, (fn. 15) and there were 1,800 students by 1959 and 3,200 by 1963. (fn. 16) The second stage, to include an assembly hall, lecture theatre, and offices, was approved in 1961, (fn. 17) was being built in 1965, (fn. 18) and was opened in 1967. It included a 10-storeyed tower block at the north end, workshops, and an apprentice training centre, and increased the total places for students to 4,240. (fn. 19) There were 4,400 by 1973 (fn. 20) and 5,500 by 1983. (fn. 21)