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£900k given to Sussex to combat youth crime, but will Crawley see any of it? Truth is no-one knows!

With aplomb it was announced that Sussex had won £900k to help resources combat youth violence and crime but just as suddenly as it was announced then the debate of where the money was going started.

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Sarah Pearce, Beverley Russell, Kirsty Butcher (Reed Business), Jenni Whitehurst (Reed Business)

Youth crime has been on the rise for years and none more so than in Sussex where like across the UK it has become ever more difficult to combat.

So it was with delight that £900K was awarded to Sussex to help.

The news prompted Crawley MP Henry Smith to make a statement in the House Of Commons and an immediate response.

But no sooner was this done than questions about where the money was being allocated suddenly started to appear.

So who is right and who is wrong? Is Crawley going to get any money to help the youth here?

The answer is actually ‘if it is needed’ and it may sound like a feeble answer but you have to understand how the money is being spent for it to make sense.

First of all over a third of the money is actually going directly to one of five towns in Sussex that have been identified to have the most severe youth crimes. With the surge in violence in the town incredibly none of these towns are Crawley, so that leaves £575K left in the pot.

The remaining money is to be used across the whole of Sussex when a youngster is identified as needing help, whether this be to help them avoid getting into crime or if they are already an offender.

If any of these young people are identified as being from Crawley then that’s when some of those funds will come to the town.

So neither party is right as neither party knows where the money will be spent because no-one knows who has been identified.

Simply put, no-one knows yet. Hope we cleared that up.

Education

Now’s the time to apply to for your child’s secondary school place in Crawley

Families with children due to start secondary school in September 2020 can now apply for places online.

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Applications will be open until Thursday 31 October 2019.

Parents should apply for their child’s secondary school place by the deadline. Applying after the deadline will seriously affect the chances of your child being offered one of your preferred schools.

The quickest and easiest way to get information and apply is online: www.westsussex.gov.uk/school-places but those unable to apply online can request a form by calling 03330 142903.

The secondary school application online process is quick and simple, and an automatic email will acknowledge that the application has been received. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries.

Tips to remember when applying for secondary school applications: 

  • Parents are encouraged to apply for up to three schools and must list them in order of preference.
  • A child is not guaranteed a place at a school just because they are in the catchment area. Parents will need to select the catchment school as part of their application for it to be considered.
  • Those who miss the deadline for applications must still submit an application form, as a child will not automatically be allocated a school.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said:

“This is an important step for children and their families, and we want to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. I would encourage all parents to submit their applications on time to give us the best opportunity to meet your preferences for your children. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Team.”

Primary or junior school applications

Applications for children due to start primary or junior school in September 2020 open on Monday 7 October and close on Wednesday 15 January 2020, more details to follow.

West Sussex County Council staff are available to advise parents on the admissions process. Parents can telephone 03330 142903 or email the Admissions Team North at admissions.north@westsussex.gov.uk or the Admissions Team South at admissions.south@westsussex.gov.uk.  

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