A SOUTHWICK primary school is set to expand, to take an additional reception class from September.
Schools across the area are having to accommodate growing numbers of children, involving Glebe Primary School as well as two schools in Shoreham.
Parents at the Church Lane school were given letters last week to explain the proposals, which could mean Glebe becomes a three-form entry school on a permanent basis, instead of two-form.
Head teacher Jo Kelly explained: “The governors of Glebe Primary School are working closely with the county council to provide additional places for September 2015.
“Due to increased demand for places in the area, it is also proposed that the school increases in size permanently to a three-form entry primary school in the future, subject to consultation.
“We have considered this proposal very carefully and are pleased that there will be an opportunity to offer more places to children whose parents wish them to attend the school. This proposal shows the excellent work that the school is undertaking to provide a good quality of education.”
We have considered this proposal very carefully and are pleased that there will be an opportunity to offer more places to children whose parents wish them to attend the schoolHead teacher Jo Kelly
Miss Kelly said the school was well placed to meet the demands of additional places and future expansion, and staff looked forward to working with more families across the community.
“Every effort will be made to ensure that the additional accommodation meets the needs of the pupils and does not disrupt the learning of the pupils at the school,” she added.
The Government has awarded West Sussex County Council £57million to create hundreds of new school places over the next three years.
The council is working closely with all schools in the county to ensure there are sufficient places available in reception classes.
In Shoreham, additional places are again being provided at Buckingham Park Primary and St Nicolas and St Mary Primary, in September 2015 and 2016.
A council spokesman explained: “Like other areas of the country, we are experiencing increased pupil numbers and in some areas this demand has exceeded our projected numbers.
“This means we are having to arrange additional school places at shorter notice than usual.”
The extra Government funding has been targeted at areas facing significant and unexpected increases in pupil numbers. Some schools are making temporary arrangements to admit ‘bulge’ classes for one year, while other will have to expand permanently.