Schools expand to help ease classes crisis

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Pressure on primary school places could be alleviated by the expansion of four schools in Eastbourne.

Plans to formally consult the public on the creation of more than 400 additional primary places across the town have been given the go-ahead by East Sussex County Council.

Proposals include the creation of 420 additional school places in Eastbourne, by September 2016, with the expansion of St Andrew’s CE Infant School, Tollgate Community Junior School, West Rise Community Infant School and West Rise Junior School.

Proposals include the expansion of St Andrew’s CE Infant School and Tollgate Community Junior School by 90 places and 120 places respectively and West Rise Community Infant School and West Rise Junior School by 90 places and 120 places respectively.

Councillor Nick Bennett, lead member for learning and school effectiveness, said, “Rising birth rates and housing developments will always put pressure on school places. This is an issue we cannot and will not ignore.

“East Sussex County Council plans years in advance to ensure every child is offered a suitable place at primary school, and these proposals demonstrate how seriously we take this issue.”

It is estimated the shortfall in reception year will rise to around 150 places in Eastbourne by 2015/16 and between 90 and 120 places in Hastings by 2015/16.

East Sussex County Council has identified approximately £17.5million in its capital programme to create additional school places to meet demand in the county.

Cllr Bennett said, “Investment in our schools is vital to ensure the anticipated demand for school places in the future is met.”

Public notices inviting comment on the proposals will be published in local newspapers, displayed at the entrances to the school affected and be available at libraries during the four week formal consultation period, expected to start later this month.

Comments must be made in writing and a final decision on the expansion plans will be made in December.