Two boys’ secondary schools given approval to welcome girls

Plans for two boys’ secondary schools to become co-educational from next year have been approved, subject to a period of representation


Release date: 24 July 2020

Following a public consultation earlier this year, Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, today (24 July 2020) approved:

• The conversion of The Forest School, Horsham to become a co-educational school with effect from September 2021
• To support the Governing body’s decision to convert St Andrew’s CE High School for Boys, Worthing to become a co-educational school with effect from September 2021.

Mr Jupp also agreed to the publication of statutory notices to implement the changes, which would see both schools welcome girls starting in Year 7 from September 2021.

Mr Jupp said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation and helped me make an informed decision. This positive change would give a greater choice to female pupils in both Worthing and Horsham when they decide where they want to go to secondary school.

“The Forest School and St Andrews becoming co-educational fits into our School Effectiveness Strategy’s aims to achieve high performing and financially sustainable schools in West Sussex that benefit the children and communities for years to come.”

A four-week period of representation will now take place.

No changes are proposed for any of the existing year groups at both schools and there are no proposals to alter the single-sex girls’ schools Millais School in Horsham or Davison CE High School for Girls in Worthing.

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