Review of Primary Education Provision across Worthing Borough

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Overview

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has a statutory duty to provide sufficient school places for all children but also take action to reduce places where there are too many. We have considered projected pupil numbers, demographic data and planned housing developments and believe we should plan for up to 36 forms of entry or 1,080 places per year group across the borough's primary schools.

Our proposals for the Worthing area show that currently the area has an excess of four forms of entry based on the number of places that we believe are required to meet local demand into the future whilst also maintaining a 5% margin to, as far as possible, provide for parental preference.

Following some initial work by the School Organisation and Admissions Team based on various issues arising from schools in this area, meetings have been held with Headteachers and Chairs of Governors in the area, the Dioceses of both Chichester and Arundel & Brighton, as well as with CEOs of local Academy Trusts with primary schools in the area. This is to ensure that any proposed changes to primary education provision across the borough remains viable, and able to offer high quality inclusive schools for the community, whilst ensuring there remain sufficient places across the borough.

A school’s budget is allocated each year by central government and most of this is directly linked to the number of children on roll in the school. In Key Stage 1 classes, there is also a national limit on the number of children in each class through the ‘Infant Class Size initiative’. This limits the number of children to 30 in classes for 4–7-year-olds. Where schools have too many surplus places, they sometimes are unable to fill to classes of 30 and therefore struggle to maintain their staffing. In some, this leads to schools having to restructure their classes each year or make savings to keep within their budget. This can put significant pressure on schools financially and can also make it difficult to provide the resources and provision children need.

Reducing the number of surplus places will help all schools come closer to achieving full classes and therefore reduce their financial risks, ensuring that they have the resources they require to meet the needs of their children.

Our proposals aim to phase out 953 surplus places from primary schools across Worthing and Durrington.

Why are we consulting?

Your opinions are important to us, and we are keen to obtain your view on the following proposals:

1. Reduce pupil admission numbers at the following schools starting from September 2024.

a. Durrington Infant School

b. Durrington Junior School*

c. Field Place Infant School

d. Thomas À Becket Infant School

e. Thomas À Becket Junior School*

f. Whytemead Primary School

* PANS for the schools indicated will be effective from 2027.


2. Create a single 4 form entry (FE) primary school under a single governing body (120 children in each year group) spread across two sites i.e. the Chesswood Road site currently occupied by Chesswood Junior School, and the Sackville Road site currently occupied by Springfield Infant School to accommodate children who would currently attend Chesswood Junior School, and both Lyndhurst and Springfield Infant Schools. We would no-longer require the use of the Lyndhurst site.

3. Create a 2FE Key Stage 1 (60 children in each year group) primary school on the Chesswood Road site growing to a 4FE KS2 provision (120 children in each year group) to accommodate children who would currently attend Chesswood Junior and Lyndhurst Infant Schools, but leaving Springfield Infant School as a separate entity retaining its own Governing Body. Parents of children at the Springfield school would have to apply for places in Year 3 at the new ‘all-primary school which would be smaller than the current school. We would no-longer require the use of the Lyndhurst site.

4. Create a new 21 place Primary Specialist Support Centre for Social Communication Needs, on the Chesswood Road site, incorporating the 9 places currently available at Lyndhurst Infant school.

5. Establish a new 8 place Specialist Support Centre, on ether the Whytemead or Downsbrook Primary School sites to support those pupils with challenging additional educational needs.





Accessibility Statement

If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 0330 222 3048 or via email at schoolconsultations@westsussex.gov.uk and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 0330 222 3048.

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Overview

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has a statutory duty to provide sufficient school places for all children but also take action to reduce places where there are too many. We have considered projected pupil numbers, demographic data and planned housing developments and believe we should plan for up to 36 forms of entry or 1,080 places per year group across the borough's primary schools.

Our proposals for the Worthing area show that currently the area has an excess of four forms of entry based on the number of places that we believe are required to meet local demand into the future whilst also maintaining a 5% margin to, as far as possible, provide for parental preference.

Following some initial work by the School Organisation and Admissions Team based on various issues arising from schools in this area, meetings have been held with Headteachers and Chairs of Governors in the area, the Dioceses of both Chichester and Arundel & Brighton, as well as with CEOs of local Academy Trusts with primary schools in the area. This is to ensure that any proposed changes to primary education provision across the borough remains viable, and able to offer high quality inclusive schools for the community, whilst ensuring there remain sufficient places across the borough.

A school’s budget is allocated each year by central government and most of this is directly linked to the number of children on roll in the school. In Key Stage 1 classes, there is also a national limit on the number of children in each class through the ‘Infant Class Size initiative’. This limits the number of children to 30 in classes for 4–7-year-olds. Where schools have too many surplus places, they sometimes are unable to fill to classes of 30 and therefore struggle to maintain their staffing. In some, this leads to schools having to restructure their classes each year or make savings to keep within their budget. This can put significant pressure on schools financially and can also make it difficult to provide the resources and provision children need.

Reducing the number of surplus places will help all schools come closer to achieving full classes and therefore reduce their financial risks, ensuring that they have the resources they require to meet the needs of their children.

Our proposals aim to phase out 953 surplus places from primary schools across Worthing and Durrington.

Why are we consulting?

Your opinions are important to us, and we are keen to obtain your view on the following proposals:

1. Reduce pupil admission numbers at the following schools starting from September 2024.

a. Durrington Infant School

b. Durrington Junior School*

c. Field Place Infant School

d. Thomas À Becket Infant School

e. Thomas À Becket Junior School*

f. Whytemead Primary School

* PANS for the schools indicated will be effective from 2027.


2. Create a single 4 form entry (FE) primary school under a single governing body (120 children in each year group) spread across two sites i.e. the Chesswood Road site currently occupied by Chesswood Junior School, and the Sackville Road site currently occupied by Springfield Infant School to accommodate children who would currently attend Chesswood Junior School, and both Lyndhurst and Springfield Infant Schools. We would no-longer require the use of the Lyndhurst site.

3. Create a 2FE Key Stage 1 (60 children in each year group) primary school on the Chesswood Road site growing to a 4FE KS2 provision (120 children in each year group) to accommodate children who would currently attend Chesswood Junior and Lyndhurst Infant Schools, but leaving Springfield Infant School as a separate entity retaining its own Governing Body. Parents of children at the Springfield school would have to apply for places in Year 3 at the new ‘all-primary school which would be smaller than the current school. We would no-longer require the use of the Lyndhurst site.

4. Create a new 21 place Primary Specialist Support Centre for Social Communication Needs, on the Chesswood Road site, incorporating the 9 places currently available at Lyndhurst Infant school.

5. Establish a new 8 place Specialist Support Centre, on ether the Whytemead or Downsbrook Primary School sites to support those pupils with challenging additional educational needs.





Accessibility Statement

If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 0330 222 3048 or via email at schoolconsultations@westsussex.gov.uk and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 0330 222 3048.

We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement (opens in new window), further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the 'Accessibility tab' which can be found right at the bottom of this page.

Where it exists, we will provide details of any project related content which is not fully accessible under a heading of 'Non-accessible content' below.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.uk.




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