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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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Crawley school celebrates science win with Ardingly College and their solar car

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Ifield Community College and Ardingly College have won the Times Educational Supplement Science, Technology and Engineering Team of the Year.  

Lead judge Jo Foster said that the project was “absolutely exemplary”. She added:

“From success in international racing events to effective outreach to other schools both at home and abroad, this project goes the extra mile.

Ardingly Ifield Solar has been running for nearly a decade educating hundreds of students in sustainable mobility technologies by designing, building, and racing solar powered cars.

It is a true collaboration between Ifield Community & Ardingly Colleges. In addition, the project works closely with 33 companies and three universities bringing the latest technologies right into the classroom.  

The team’s accolades include driving the solar powered car they made 3000km across Australia, outperforming  Cambridge and Stanford universities in the Bridgestone World Challenge; and racing in France and Belgium in Solar endurance races and being awarded a special ‘Spirit of Albi’ trophy whilst there.

The team were planning on raising awareness of sustainable transport nationally by travelling the length of the UK, but this has been postponed until August 2021 due to current Covid-19 restrictions. This has not stopped the team, who continue to meet twice a week virtually, and are planning their next project: a flat pack solar powered vehicle(a replacement Tuk Tuk).

Miss Sumpter, teacher at Ifield Community College says:

‘I am so happy the team has been recognised for their enthusiasm and dedication to STEM. It is a pleasure to be part of this project, and I am immensely proud of everyone involved. I hope the impact of this project will continue to influence STEM careers.’

For more information on their project, please visit their website: https://www.ardinglysolar.com

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