Proposed changes mean sustainable future for town’s education system

THE proposed changes to the school system in Worthing will lead to a sustainable future for education in the town.

That is the view of Colin James, head of capital and infrastructure at West Sussex County Council.

The public consultation regarding the plans began last week and will run until December.

People are being asked whether they think children should start secondary school at the age of 11 instead of 12 and to give feedback on proposals for individual schools in the Worthing area, which will need to take hundreds of extra pupils to cope with the demand for places.

There will be around 1,100 children moving from the primary sector into the secondary sector if these proposals go ahead.

Mr James said: “This is a significant change in a short period of time and if this goes forward it will be one of the fastest re-organisations that we have ever achieved.

“It is something that we have wanted to do for a number of years but we have not been able to do it because there has not been the capital funding available nor a site for the new secondary school until now.

“This is about getting the learning right longer term and all the evidence shows that by learning in line with the national curriculum, children can progress quicker.

“The more we can reduce the number of changes in a child’s career the better. There is evidence that the more transfers there are, the more that affects on a child’s progress.

“I think this will lead to a sustainable school system. This is about having enough places available for children to go to school, particularly in east and central Worthing.”

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