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Work has started on a brand-new primary school at Crest Nicholson’s Kilnwood Vale development, in Faygate, West Sussex. The award-winning housebuilder and school operator GLF Schools, kicked off construction in September ahead of works formally completing in Summer 2019.

The school comprises a two-form entry primary school and an associated nursery. The school has also been designed with Kilnwood Vale’s growing community in mind, with the plans catering for the potential expansion to three classes per year group. Set to welcome its first pupils in September 2019, the single-storey building will be set back from the road, offering easy drop-off access and parking.


Leading Education Constructor, Willmott Dixon were appointed to deliver this project and Managing Director in South London and Southern Home Counties, Roger Forsdyke commented: “The requirement for a new school gives us the perfect opportunity to implement our tried and tested model which encompasses true efficiency in the built environment. We are delighted to be appointed to deliver the new school and recognise the pivotal role it plays in the wider vision that Crest Nicholson has for Kilnwood Vale. We are excited to contribute to what will be a thriving new community.


GLF has been selected by the Department of Education, the Education and Skills Funding Agency and West Sussex County Council as the school operator.


Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, Andrew Dobson, added: “The vision for Kilnwood Vale follows our core garden village principles: considering social, environmental and economic factors to ensure we’re not just building houses, but creating a sustainable and thriving community.


Registration for Kilnwood Vale Primary School is now open until 15th January 2019. Offer day will be 16th April.

Those interested in registering their child can attend the upcoming open days:

  • Saturday 17th November at 10am

Location – Bewbush Barn Church, Francis Edwards Way, Bewbush, Crawley, RH11 8GG

  • Wednesday 5th December (Tours of another brand new school at 2pm & 4pm, followed by presentations at 2.30pm & 4.30pm)

Location: Forge Wood Primary School, Somerley Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RD12 3SW

  • Tuesday 8th January at 4pm

Location: Faygate Village Hall, Park Road, Faygate, West Sussex, RH12 4SH”

“We welcomed the first residents to Kilnwood Vale in 2014 and, today, over 600 people call the development home, making it one of West Sussex’s fastest growing communities. Our new primary school is a key part of our commitment to offer local families immediate access to the amenities and services they need. We’re excited for the future of the Kilnwood Vale community and are looking forward to the launch of our very own school next year.”


Contemporary two and three-bedroom homes at Kilnwood Vale are available from £309,950 for a two-bedroom home, with many available using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. For more information, visit the on-site Sales & Marketing Suite which is open on weekdays between 10am and 5pm, from 10am to 7pm on Thursday and between 10.30am and 5.30pm on weekends. Alternatively, call 01293 852501, or visit