Views sought on expansion plans at schools in Worthing and Lancing

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PUBLIC consultations on plans to expand three local schools have been launched by West Sussex County Council.

Two Worthing schools are affected – Downsbrook Middle and Thomas A’Becket Middle – and the other is Seaside Primary at Lancing.

Demand for schooling in the area has been growing and local schools are no longer large enough to cater for the rising number of children.

It is proposed to expand the Downsbrook and Thomas A’Becket schools by 30 and 48 places per year of age respectively, creating a 150-place entry school at Downsbrook and a 240-place entry school at Thomas A’Becket.

The total places currently in both schools are 888 and this would increase to 1,560 with the proposed expansion plans (PAN).

It is intended to start the building projects later this year with a view to increasing the published admission number with effect from September, 2013. The work is estimated to cost around £3.5m for both projects.

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

The statutory notices would be published in October, 2012, and provided no responses (material or significant in number) are received, the proposals will proceed from November this year.

Details of the consultations, which close on October 9, can be found at

For Lancing’s Seaside Primary, it is proposed to increase the school by 30 places per year of age, creating a 630-place first school

It is intended that building be started in the late summer of 2013, with a view to increasing the PAN with effect from September, 2014. The work is estimated to cost around £3.4m.