Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Consultation Launched on Expansion Plans for Two Worthing Schools

West Sussex County Council today (September 11) launched a consultation on proposals to expand two schools in Worthing –  Downsbrook Middle and Thomas A’ Becket Middle.

Demand for 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 expand the current schools by 30 and 48 places per year of age  respectively creating a 150 place entry school at Downsbrook and a 240 place entry school at Thomas A’ Becket.

The total places currently in both schools are 888 and this would increase to 1560 with the proposed expansion plans.

The two schools are well established with a good record of educational attainment – Downsbrook Middle School is rated as Good by Ofsted and Thomas A’ Becket Middle is rated as Outstanding.

It is the intention for the building projects to start in later this year with a view to increasing the Published Admission Number with effect from September 2013.

The cost of the work is estimated to be around £3.5m for both projects.

Because both expansions are 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 further four weeks.

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: “Both schemes are being put forward to meet growing demand in the area, and the views of the local community, parents, and of course the schools, are important to us in deciding if these are appropriate proposals.

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

The consultation closes on October 9 and details can be found at