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Roedean completed a £10 million sale of the former St Mary’s Hall senior school site to Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) last month.
The land has been sold to the NHS Trust responsible for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals which serves the whole of East and West Sussex, as well as the city of Brighton and Hove. It is currently undergoing a £500 million refurbishment to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century and was in desperate need of new land to expand into. The four and a bit acres acquired by the Trust will allow the hospital to expand horizontally as well as vertically and ease the constraints of its current Brighton site.
Through the acquisition of this land, the Trust can fulfil its task of serving the needs of the local people more efficiently and is a worthwhile legacy for St Mary’s Hall to pass on to Brighton residents.
As a member of the small committee of Council members and our Bursar who negotiated the merger with St Mary’s Hall, I am fully aware of the heritage of St Mary’s Hall. Established in 1835, its positive contribution to girls’ education in Brighton came at a time when this was very rare.
In order to best honour the origins of the fund that Roedean has now acquired we have decided to retain as much of the £10m as possible and use the income from it to fund scholarships and bursaries for local girls to be educated at Roedean. As a result we will be able to continue to promote the education of girls and support those local families of limited means whose daughters would benefit from attending Roedean.