Should Polegate School be expanded to take in more children?
East Sussex County Council is looking at creating an additional 210 places, by making the school in Oakleaf Drive bigger and now wants to know our views.
Currently Polegate School has the capacity for 420 children, aged between 4-11, with 60 children in each year group. The proposals would see this increase to 630 places, with 90 children in each year group from Reception to Year 6 and would come into force from 2019.
Fiona Wright, the county council’s assistant director for education and ISEND, said, “Polegate School has become increasingly popular with parents - 96 chose it as their first preference for the September 2017 intake. Demand has also been affected by the town’s population growth in recent years as a result of housing development.
“The proposals are a result of the county council’s detailed planning. We keep track of birth rates, housing developments and other data to ensure that we are able to offer every child a suitable place at a good primary school.”
Members of the public have until Friday, 21 July, to give their views, which will be considered before a decision is taken by the lead member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability on whether to continue with the proposal to expand.
Should the lead member decide to continue with the proposal, a Statutory Notice would be published in October, followed by a further four-week consultation. A final decision on expansion is expected by the end of the year.
To create additional places, the school premises would need to be extended to provide additional classrooms and facilities and this would be subject to the usual planning process.