New primary schools idea is welcomed

Ratton School Eastbourne school sign SUS-140327-163925001
Ratton School Eastbourne school sign SUS-140327-163925001

The headteachers at Cavendish and Ratton have welcomed initial plans to build primary schools on their existing sites.

Education chiefs at East Sussex County Council last week gave the green light to build two new schools to provide 800 school places for children.

Cavendish headteacher Kenny Fitzpatrick and the board of governors welcomed the proposals to create a new primary school on the Cavendish site.

Kenny Fitzpatrick said, “Although it’s early stages, this is a very exciting proposal. We are looking at the prospect of being able to provide a through school for pupils from four years and up.

“This kind of provision will help raise educational standards and improve opportunities for generations of children in Eastbourne.”

Ratton acting head Anne Wardle said, “East Sussex County Council is currently conducting the options appraisal for a new primary school on our site, and the results should be known by the end of April.

“The governing body will then meet and decide on a suitable way forward.

“We are aware that the lead member for learning and school effectiveness agreed on Monday that, subject to the appraisal I have mentioned, the option of a primary school at Ratton is progressed.

“I have met with staff and informed them of this possibility. Naturally we are keen to explore all options which will benefit the Ratton community, both staff and students.

“There is no doubt that the education world is moving rapidly, including in Eastbourne, and we want to be part of any exciting opportunities as long as they felt to be right for Ratton.”

Last week the county council agreed to reverse a decision to expand Tollgate and St Andrew’s schools and look at building new schools.