Durrington High School announced today (Thursday June 12th) the decision to withdraw from sponsoring the new secondary academy in Broadwater.
Headteacher Sue Marooney writing to parents quoted from a letter to the Department of Education (Dfe) and West Sussex County Council (WSCC) from the school on behalf of the Durrington Multi Academy Trust.
The extract said: “‘As a responsible Trust with a clear educational vision we have carefully looked at the proposal in Worthing to deliver a new secondary school. We have thoroughly investigated and considered all aspects and options; our concerns about the site being unsuitable to deliver our vision remain. This regrettably leaves us with no option but to withdraw from sponsoring the new secondary academy in Worthing.
As a Trust we remain committed to our community and to providing excellence in education and will continue to work in partnership with all parties.”
Reacting to the news local Tarring County Councillor Bob Smytherman said: “I hope the DfE continue to provide enough funding to enable Worthing to build a high quality secondary school which is urgently needed to resolve the crisis with school places in the town”