School told to take 87 more children as demand for places stays high

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The high demand for school places in the region means Swiss Gardens Primary will have to admit an extra 87 children in September.

The youngsters will be placed in three classes at the school, while a spokesman for West Sussex County Council said it was “looking at all options available to meet the demand in future years”.

A statement from headteacher Lawrence Caughlin and chair of governors Lynne Hamilton Pearson said: “We are told by the local authority that this is a one-year plan and we are not aware of their intentions beyond that. We received communication directing us to take extra children during the Easter holidays.

“We had no plans to expand pupil numbers at Swiss Gardens but we will be welcoming our new children and families to the school.”

The council spokesman added: “We know how important school admissions are and try our hardest to meet parents’ preferences in line with statutory guidance. There have been 460 pupil admissions in Shoreham which could not have been placed in the area without adding this extra class.”

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