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Deadline for Crawley primary school places fast approaching

Parents with children due to start primary school this September are being reminded they only have a matter of days left to apply for a place.

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The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Applications received after this date are far less likely to result in a place at one of your preferred schools.

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 will be eligible to start primary or infant school in September this year.

Parents of children currently in Year 2 at infant school should also apply for a place at junior school by the 15 January deadline.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at West Sussex County Council, said:

“With only days remaining, I can’t stress enough the importance of completing your application in time so your child has the best chance of going to one of the schools for which you expressed a preference.” 

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/school-places/

Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries.
Those unable to apply online can request a form by phoning 03330 142 903. 

Parents can apply for up to three different schools and must place them in order of preference. A child is not automatically guaranteed a place in their catchment area school.

Those who miss the deadline for applications must still submit an application form as a child will not automatically be allocated a school.

West Sussex County Council staff are available to help parents through the admissions process. Parents can telephone 03330 142 903 or e-mail the admissions team north at admissions.north@westsussex.gov.uk or the admissions team south at admissions.south@westsussex.gov.uk List Table

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Chelsea FC Foundation brings initiative to Crawley school

The Chelsea Champions Programme is a Premier League funded project that enables Chelsea FC Foundation to place full-time staff within secondary schools and Thomas Bennett Community College was chosen for their programme.

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The aim of their programme is to increase physical activity, support leadership qualities and improve social, emotional wellbeing and increase resilience of pupils through a number of universal, targeted and individual initiatives.

Cutting through the jargon it is an exercise on both educating and motivating young people, in particular those who may be finding it harder than others with everyday situations

A spokesperson for Cheslea FC Foundation said:

“Here at Thomas Bennett Community College (TBCC) our Chelsea Champion is; Lauren Owens, who is supported by a Chelsea mentor; Yannick Jean. The Chelsea Fc Foundation Sussex department have taken over the old youth wing attached to TBCC, rebranded and relaunched it as the Community Hub. Open every day after school from 3-5pm, Monday-Thursday to TBCC students and Primary School students on a Friday. During half term, we open the Hub for Holiday Activities.

As part of support offered at TBCC, Chelsea FC Foundation have developed the Skills School project. An alternative learning provision that is to encourage positive behaviour in a group of ‘high profile’ students that struggle within main stream lessons. They take part in a variety of different activities and topics from English to Health and Wellbeing, Maths to Personal Skills. The aim is not only to help improve their behaviour in and around school but improve their self-esteem and resilience.”

Last Friday (15th March), the u18s Chelsea Academy Scholars delivered a session based around raising aspirations.

The foundation said the session was something planned out by the U18s Chelsea Academy Scholars based on information that they were given about the group of students.

The activities included looking at questions to encourage conversations around the following; ‘what being a role model was?’, ‘what qualities does a good role model have?’ and ‘what does aspirations mean?’ The main message they  put across to the students involved in the activity was that hard work pays off.”

For more information on how Chelsea FC Foundation can support your school, club or community please contact them on sussexdevelopment@chelseafc.com.

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