Plans for a new school discussed


Cavendish School is to consult with the local community about plans to establish a primary school and nursery to create an all-through school for children aged from two to 16.

The plan will help to provide much needed primary school places across Eastbourne and Cavendish could become an all-through school by 2015. Currently the school provides education for around 1000 11-16 yea- olds, but owing to an increase in the number of secondary schools in Eastbourne, Cavendish will take in fewer students over the coming years. This means the school has the capacity to provide much needed primary places. If plans are approved, the primary classes would start in September 2015 with two reception classes and grow each year.

Headteacher Kenny Fitzpatrick said, “An all-through school is a single school that takes a child right through their educational journey from nursery to GCSE. Research suggests the consistency and continuity of teaching and pastoral care, along with a better knowledge and understanding of the child’s individual needs, usually means students aim higher and achieve better results.”

Unusually high birth rates in the last few years mean there are more children than there are places in the local primary schools.

East Sussex County Council has been looking at options to address the shortfall and has concluded that Cavendish offers a good solution. The primary school proposal is in addition to the application made earlier this year to establish a joint Sixth Form with Ratton.

The consultation period runs until August 1.

There will also be a public consultation event at the school on July 7 (3.30pm-7pm).