Eastbourne school set to reduce official pupil numbers

An Eastbourne school is set to reduce the number of pupils it takes on each year.

Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 12:13 pm

On Monday (February 22), Cllr Bob Standley, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for education, signed off on proposals to change the admissions arrangements for Motcombe Community Infant School.

As a result, the school is expected to reduce the maximum number of pupils it admits each year – known as its Published Admissions Number (PAN) – from 120 to 90. 

The county council says the change is intended to reflect a falling demand and to “ensure the future sustainability of this school and others in the surrounding area.” 

Motcombe School (Google Maps)

The changes will first come into effect during the 2022/23 school year.

Any objection to these arrangements can then be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator until May 15.