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28 November 2016, 18:23
A month long consultation has started in West Sussex to look at expanding a number of schools in the county.
With the number of children in the county increasing, residents are being asked for their views on the proposed expansion of a number of existing schools in West Sussex.
The demand on school places across the county has gradually increased in recent years and the numbers are predicted to rise even further in the future.
Hotspots have been identified in The Bourne locality, Littlehampton and the coastal strip, and East Grinstead.
The admissions and school planning team have been working closely with headteachers in these areas to regularly review the current and future provision but now they are asking for feedback from parents, residents and school staff.
Christine Field, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “We’re hoping the consultation will determine whether there is support to expand existing schools.
“It’s crucial that members of the public raise any concerns, advice or views on how this might be implemented. This way, should the proposed plans go ahead, we can ensure that we carry out the changes in the best possible way and with residents’ opinions in the forefront of our minds.”
Changes in demography reflect national trends with more births and larger households particularly in the urban areas and large villages as well as growing numbers in response to new housing developments.
The consultation will run until 21 December.
The following drop-in sessions are being held for people who would like to discuss the proposals in person:
Tuesday 29 November 2016, 3.30 - 6.30pm
Blackwell Primary School, Blackwell Farm Road, East Grinstead
Tuesday 6 December 2016, 2.30 - 6.30pm
Bourne Community College, Park Road, Southbourne
Tuesday 13 December 2016, 3.15 - 7pm
The Angmering School, Station Road, Angmering
To take part in the consultation and for more information visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/schoolexpansions.