The Burgess Hill Academy news

Viv Nicholas

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Viv Nicholas, highly regarded former head of Oakmeeds (1974-2000), whom many of the local community will remember fondly. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Open Evening and Open Mornings

Our Open Evening will be on Tuesday 5 October 2021, 6-8.30pm.

Our Open Mornings are on Tuesday 12 October, Thursday 14 October and Monday 18 October 2021, 9.15-10.30am.

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The HUB team from St Andrew's Church

Many thanks to The HUB team from St Andrew's Church who this morning served academy staff with coffee and pastries.  It was much appreciated.

Our thanks to The HUB Team.

Design Ventura 2020 competition

The Burgess Hill Academy are delighted to receive this letter following our entry in the Design Ventura 2020 competition.

We are pleased to announce the shortlisted entries for Design Ventura 2020.

Thank you to all the teachers and students who have worked so hard on this year’s project. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this a very challenging year, especially for teachers, students and schools. Despite these challenges, we have been incredibly impressed by the creativity and effort students have put into this year’s competition. This year we have a shortlist of seven state schools in the main competition to allow for social distancing at this year’s Celebration Event in June.

We had over 15,000 students participating this year, so our panel of shortlisting judges did not have an easy task. After much debate, the final top seven state school entries and top three schools in the International and Independent Category were selected – please see a full list in alphabetical order below.


All schools that have submitted an entry for Design Ventura will receive feedback from our judges and will be sent participation certificates for their students by post – we will send these soon.

This year, all the shortlisted schools have been asked to submit a 3-minute pitch video to be reviewed by our pitching judges on 12 May. The top seven state schools will also attend a live Q&A session with the judges.

The photo shows our entry: The Burgess Hill Academy, West Sussex Play Cube.

A wooden play cube that contains toy cars and transforms into a road map play scene for young children.

Good luck to the academy team for the next stage of the competition in May.

Welcome to our new member of staff Tegs

Tegs is 2 years old and is training towards becoming an assistance dog. She will hopefully become fully qualified before the end of the current academic year as she builds on the intensive training she has already received.


Tegs is currently settling into school-life and all the different smells and noises this brings. She can currently be found in Mr Ferrier’s office during the day, with the hope that she will soon be put to good work supporting students taking on an important role as she will, amongst other roles, work with children who have special needs, suffer bereavement or who are upset in any way and in need of calm, comfort and space before being able to tell an adult what has upset them. This will all take place under strict supervision at certain times of the day.

Tegs will be in school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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