Councillors’ concern over school transfer age issues

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CONCERNS over catchment areas and ongoing funding for Worthing schools in the age of transfer process have been raised by councillors.

Members of Worthing county local committee lent their support to ongoing plans to revitalise the town’s school system at a meeting last Wednesday – but remained uneasy about several issues.

Potential changes to catchment areas and worries over a short time frame to deliver the changes in time to take advantage of Government funding were points of discussion.

The members were responding to a presentation given by the council’s head of capital infrastructure Colin James, who detailed the age of transfer plans, which include details of a new school, in Broadwater.

Pier divison councillor Michael Cloake said: “I am broadly in favour but I have my concerns. Why is Worthing behind again and scrapping for funding, when we could do this in a much better way if we had all the money in the world?”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, December 12.