Westerleigh School/St Leonards College
There was a tremendous response to the old pictures we published a couple of weeks ago of St Leonards Congregational Church so we have dipped in to the Facebook site Derelict in the UK (https://www.facebook.com/DerelictintheUKOfficial/) once again to bring you these photographs of the now demolished Westerleigh School in Hollington Park Road.
Originally a manor house built in the early 1800s, the school was founded in 1906 and occupied a site that extended to some ten acres. The private school, in its heyday, catered for 360 pupils and employed more than 40 teachers.
Westerleigh saw many thousands of pupils pass through its doors, including world motor racing champion James Hunt and many distinguished figures from World War II, as well as Richard Mason, the last person reported to be eaten by cannibals in South America.
St Leonards College, situated on the same site, was founded in 1994 and achieved top ranking in Sussex for five years in GCSE grades A to C. Pitter-Patter Nursery and creche was also part of the complex.
The whole campus closed in the summer of 2004 due to financial difficulties.
These photographs were taken in 2015 before the demolition work began.