NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL PLANNED FOR LITTLEHAMPTON
Local schools are getting ready to meet the growing need for school places anticipated in Littlehampton over the coming years. The popular River Beach Primary and Rustington Community Primary Schools are applying to build a new school and open it in September 2018 to meet the sort of surge in demand that has been seen in other parts of the country.
The two schools will be working with their local academy trust, Schoolsworks, to apply to open the new school. “Our trust already runs 5 primary schools from Selsey to Rustington teaching 2,200 children and employing 370 staff,” says Chris Seaton, CEO of Schoolsworks. “We have two schools in the Littlehampton locality and both West Sussex County Council and the Department for Education consider us to be a successful, small multi-academy trust. We were delighted when we were invited to apply to open a new school in an area we know well.”
The new school and its buildings will be jointly funded by the developers and central government. Although a site has not yet been secured, it will be located in the north of the town, in one of the major housing developments in the area.
According to a West Sussex County Council report published last April, planning applications had been approved by Arun District Council at Courtwick (600 homes) and GreenCore (1,260 homes). A site for a new primary school is included in the Section 106 agreement for GreenCore.
Judy Grevett, Headteacher of River Beach Primary School and a Director of Schoolsworks Academy Trust, says, “We are excited by this opportunity. It will allow us to continue to work closely with parents in Littlehampton to provide the best possible education for children in our town. Our aim is to provide the highest quality education to give our children their best possible life chances.”
With nearly all the primary school capacity in Littlehampton already full, the town is expected to have a growing shortfall of primary school places beginning in September 2016. According to local government figures, by 2018 this figure is estimated to be 154, rising to 264 places by 2021.
“Our aim is to work with other schools to provide the best possible education for the town’s families,” continues Mr Seaton. “We don’t see ourselves as better than the schools already here, but we know another school will be needed and believe we can build and run an excellent one for the local community.”
Schoolsworks plan to be contacting the community to provide more information and to listen to the views of prospective parents and others in January and February 2016.
If you would like more information then contact Schoolsworks via River Beach Primary School 01903 725500, by email email@example.com, their website www.schoolsworks.org or their Facebook page goo.gl/22gSF0.
Schoolsworks’ academies are Medmerry Primary School in Selsey, Rose Green Junior and Edward Bryant Schools in Bognor Regis, River Beach Primary and Rustington Community Primary Schools in Littlehampton. Started in 2012, two of the Trust’s academies have been inspected since they became academies and both were judged to be ‘good with outstanding features’. The Trust’s offices are currently in Bognor Regis but will be relocated to Littlehampton in September 2016.