Positive negotiations between West Sussex County Council and Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing have resulted in an additional seventy secondary school places being made available for year 7 intake in September 2024.
Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council said “We made a commitment to our communities in Adur that we would engage with schools who are their own admissions authority to influence changes which could benefit a significant number of children and families.
“We are extremely pleased that our discussions have resulted in Sir Robert Woodard Academy offering an additional seventy places. This will significantly reduce the pressure on secondary school places in the Shoreham area for next year.
Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, Learning and Skills said: “Despite over 96% of applicants in West Sussex receiving one of their secondary school preferences this year, we do not underestimate the impact on those children and families who were not able to gain places at local secondary schools in Shoreham this year. I am delighted that by working with Sir Robert Woodard Academy we have found a practical solution which will benefit local children and families next year.”
Kieran Scanlon, Principal of Sir Robert Woodard Academy said: “Due to an unusually large year 11 cohort leaving the Academy this year I am pleased to be able to offer additional places for September 2024 entry to Sir Robert Woodard Academy. Discussions will continue with West Sussex County Council about longer term options but the need to give greater certainty locally is something we will continue to engage with West Sussex County Council about.”
West Sussex County Council remains committed to ensuring that all children and young people receive education and learning which helps them fulfil their potential. We will continue to take action to address longer term school place planning in the Shoreham area.