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Consultation Launched on Expansion Plans for Seaside Primary School at Lancing

West Sussex County Council today (September 11) launched a consultation on proposals to expand Seaside Primary School, Lancing

Demand for primary schooling in the area has been growing and local schools are no longer large enough to cater for the rising number of children.

It is proposed to increase the school by 30 places per year of age, creating a 630-place first school

The school is well established with a good record of educational attainment – it is currently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

It is the intention for the building projects to start in the late summer of 2013 with a view to increasing the Published Admission Number with effect from September 2014.

The cost of the work is estimated to be around £3.4 million.

Because the expansion is by more than 30 places and more than 25 per cent of the overall school capacity, a full statutory public consultation is required.

It is a two stage process – initially a public consultation takes place over four weeks of term time, and then Peter Griffiths, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, will decide whether to publish statutory notices in local newspapers and comments can be made over a four week term time period.

The statutory notices would be published in October 2012, and provided no responses material or significant in number are received the proposals will proceed from November 2012.

Peter said: “The scheme is being put forward to meet growing demand in the area, and the views of parents, the local community and of course the school, are important to us in deciding if these are appropriate proposals.

“I hope there will be a good response to the consultation.”

Details of the consultation closing on October 9 can be found at http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay.