People are being asked for their views on the proposed expansion of three schools in West Sussex.
The proposals are being put forward due to some increases in the number of children in some parts of the county.
The three schools proposed for expansion are:
• St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Bognor Regis
• Felpham Community College
• Easebourne CE Primary, near Midhurst.
The consultation will run until Tuesday 28 November 2017. To take part or for more information see www.westsussex.gov.uk/schoolexpansions19
The following drop-in sessions are being held for people who would like to discuss the proposals in person:
• Tuesday 7 November from 2.50pm to 6pm at Felpham Community College, Felpham Way, Felpham, Bognor Regis, PO22 8EL
• Wednesday 8 November from 3.30pm to 6.30pm at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Glamis Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1DJ
• Monday 13 November from 2.30pm to 6.30pm at Easebourne CE Primary School, Wheelbarrow Castle, Easebourne, Midhurst, GU29 9AG
The demand on school places across the county has gradually increased in recent years and the numbers are predicted to rise further in the future.
Hotspots have been identified in Bognor Regis and in the Midhurst area.
West Sussex County Council’s admissions and school planning team has 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.
Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We’re hoping the consultation will determine whether there is support to expand these three schools.
“It’s crucial that members of the public raise any concerns, and give 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 in some areas and more growth beginning to affect secondary schools because of recent growth in primary numbers. Plans are being developed for secondary school places across the county.
Following the end of the consultation the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills will take a decision on whether to publish statutory notices for a further four week representation period in the New Year. A final decision on the proposed changes is expected to be made in the middle of February 2018.