Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Consultation Launched on Expansion Plans for Two Schools

West Sussex County Council has launched a consultation on proposals to expand two schools in West Sussex – Elm Grove First School in the locality of Durrington, and Bramber First School, Worthing.

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 expand each school by 15 places per year of age each creating a 240-place entry school at Bramber and a 300-place school at Elm Grove.

The total places currently in both schools is 420 and this would increase to 540 with the proposed expansion plans.

The two schools are well established with a good record of educational attainment – both are currently rated as Outstanding by OfSTED.

The building projects are due to start in the summer of 2012 with a view to increasing the Published Admission Number with effect from September 2013.

The cost of the work is estimated to be around £1.7m 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 an informal 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 May 2012.

Peter said: “Both schemes are being put forward to meet growing demand in the two areas, and people’s views are important to us in deciding if these are appropriate proposals.

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

The details can be found on the consultation page