Looking at school places for Bersted

WEST Sussex County Council has launched a consultation on providing more primary school places in the fast growing Bersted area of Bognor Regis.

It follows the Site 6 housing development involving 1,457 new homes across Bersted and nearby Flansham, coupled with a predicted population increase.

In Bersted, the new housing is estimated to generate an additional 185 pupils of primary age.

The consultation proposals follow meetings with the headteachers and governing bodies of schools in the area and are in line with the county council’s preferred model of all-through primary schools for the 4-11 age range.

The changes being proposed would see Barton’s Infants and the Laburnum Grove Junior schools becoming all-through primaries.

Laburnum Grove would remain on its existing site but would be refurbished and extended.

Barton’s would relocate to a new state of the art building within the Site 6 housing development.

Any changes would take effect from September 2014.

The consultation includes two public meetings - at Barton’s Infants School on Tuesday, January 24, and at the Laburnum Grove School on January 26. Both start at 7pm.

Full details of the proposals and a response form can be found by using the front page consultation link on the Council’s website www.westsussex.gov.uk The closing date is February 14.

The final decision on any changes will be made by Peter Griffiths, West Sussex Cabinet Member for Education and Schools.

He said: “I hope that there will be a good response from parents because their views will help shape the future of education in the area.

“I can assure people that I will carefully consider all their comments.”

The consultation says that Bersted is being looked at first because that section of the Site 6 development is more advanced than Flansham.