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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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New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green

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West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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