West Sussex County Council is lobbying the Department of Education for a new secondary school for Worthing from a new funding stream to support ‘Targeted Basic Needs.’
The school is the ‘essential piece of infrastructure’ allowing the County Council to consult on changing the age of transfer in the Worthing area. Worthing is only one of two areas in West Sussex where the age of transfer between schools is still at Year 8.
Peter Griffiths, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, announced today he has written to Government Schools Minister John Nash asking him to support funding for the secondary school. Peter told the Minister West Sussex was never included in the former Building Schools for the Future scheme but now hopes to take advantage of the new funding stream.
Peter told the Minister that the opportunity offered by the Department’s Targeted Basic Needs programme comes at a time when there is ‘strong support to consult on proposals which parents have sought for many years.’
Cllr Griffiths said: “I hope that our bid for a share of this major new funding stream will be forthcoming because this would bring the community together with a single objective.
“There is a strong feeling based on local and national evidence that attainment levels, which are already good in the Worthing area, can be further improved with a change in the pattern of schools.”
Worthing Borough Council had an overview and scrutiny working group looking at the schools age of transfer question. The group recently completed its work recommending West Sussex County Council change the age of transfer in Worthing from Year 8 to Year 7 as soon as possible.
Cllr Victoria Taylor, a member of the working group, said: “This is excellent news and is much needed for the children of Worthing. I am delighted West Sussex acted so quickly on our recommendation and trust and hope the Department of Education will grant the request.”