Small schools consultation opens

A consultation looking for views on potential changes to a small number of West Sussex schools launches on Monday, 7 October 2019.


Released: 7 October 2019

Five small primary schools have been identified as potentially vulnerable.
As a result, people’s views are being sought on options that are being explored which may include federation, merger, relocation, no change or closure, at the following schools:

• Clapham and Patching CE Primary School, Clapham, Worthing
• Compton and Up Marden CE Primary School, Compton, Chichester
• Rumboldswhyke CE Infants’ School, Chichester
• Stedham Primary School, Stedham, Midhurst
• Warninglid Primary School, Warninglid, Haywards Heath

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “As the local education authority, we are responsible for ensuring that all of our children and young people can access high quality education, that schools attract pupils from their local community and that they are financially stable and sustainable into the future. This is in line with our School Effectiveness Strategy. It is therefore important we explore options for the five schools which have been identified as potentially vulnerable.’’

“It is important to stress that no decisions have been made and I would encourage all members of the schools’ communities to take part in the consultation.”

People can give their views online at or by filling in a paper consultation form, which will soon be available in West Sussex libraries.

Public meetings are being held on the following dates (at each school unless indicated):

Clapham & Patching C of E Primary School, 8 October, 6.30pm-8pm, held at The Angmering School, Station Road, Angmering, BN16 4HH

Warninglid Primary School, 9 October, 7.30pm-9pm

Stedham Primary School, 24 October, 6.30pm-8pm

Rumboldswhyke C of E Infants School, 7 November, 6.30pm-8pm

Compton & Up Marden CofE Primary School, 11 November 6.30pm-8pm

The consultation runs until November 25, 2019. The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills will then consider the results and decide if a further consultation is needed on specific options for any of the schools.

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