- An annual review of schools
capacity and consideration is given to each schools situation when the
bi-annual review of projected pupil numbers is undertaken
- A programme of expansion to
existing schools is ongoing
- Monthly discussions with the DfE
Free School Group regarding existing Free Schools, the Free School
Programme and locations
- Continuous review with all
District & Boroughs on major development and progress against their
- In pressure areas, additional
places are negotiated with schools as required.
- An Annual review of school place
planning will be undertaken in the Autumn term and reported early 2020.
October 2017 performance
West Sussex County Council had 126,143 school places available as of October 2017. This was an increase from 125,483 places in October 2016 and was the result of extra accommodation being added to schools. In March 2022, the County Council is targeting 120,645 pupils to be filling school places across West Sussex. In October 2017, the number of pupils on roll at West Sussex schools totalled 112,834. The County Council is working towards a maximum of a 5% surplus of places across the 24 individual planning areas to allow for parental preference and late movers into an area.
Further details about the principles of school place planning and a breakdown of data by District & Borough Council areas can be found at:
- A programme of expansion and extension of existing schools.
- Keep in touch with the Department of Education to try and influence Free School award and location where possible.
- Match local demand to local authority housebuilding programme and district and Borough planning.
- The annual consultation process school place planning which includes on any changes to school capacity is rigorously applied to meet legal requirements.