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Nine out of ten young people offered first preference of secondary school across Sussex



Almost nine out of ten young people in West Sussex who applied for a secondary school place have today been offered their first preference school West Sussex County Council has announed.

The council has offered 9,143 secondary school places in this year’s secondary transfer admissions round for September 2020.

Figures for West Sussex show:
•        98 per cent of applications completed on-time were offered one of their three preferences (97.3 per cent of all applicants)
•        87.5 per cent of on-time applicants received their first preference (86.6% of all applicants)

All of these figures show an improvement on last year.

But not all applicants have yet received their offer. The council say they shouldn’t be concerned as emails from the West Sussex admissions team should be received no later than 5pm today (2nd March).

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“I’m pleased that once again every pupil who applied has been given a secondary place, with the vast majority offered one of their three preferences. This is an exciting time for these young people who can now begin planning to further their education this September.

“I am grateful to schools for working so well with our planning and admissions staff, who again processed over 9,000 applicants this year.”

Whilst most will be happy receiving one of their choices there will be some that will not have received a place at any of their prefered schools.

Those that wish to discuss their placement are advised to contact the councils admissions teams who are available to discuss their options.

For the admissions team north (For Crawley & Horsham) ring 03330 142903 or email
For the admissions team south (Worthing) ring 0330 142903 or email


Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society



Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

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