Two Worthing schools are expanding

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TWO “outstanding” Worthing primary schools are set to be enlarged at a total cost of £1.7million.

West Sussex County Council has launched consultations on proposals to expand Elm Grove First School, off Goring Road, and Bramber First School, in Broadwater.

There is a growing demand for primary schooling in the area, and local schools are no longer large enough to cater for the rising number of children.

It is proposed to expand each school by 15 places per year of age, creating a 240-place entry school at Bramber and a 300-place school at Elm Grove.

The total number of places currently in both schools is 420 and this would increase to 540 with the proposed expansion plans. Both schools have a good record of educational attainment and are rated as “outstanding” by OfSTED.

The building projects are due to start this summer, with a view to increasing the admission number with effect from September, 2013.

Because both expansions are by more than 30 places and more than 25 per cent of the overall school capacity, a full public consultation is required.

Peter Griffiths, the county council’s cabinet member for education and schools, said: “Both schemes are being put forward to meet growing demand in the two areas, and people’s views are important to us in deciding if these are appropriate proposals.”