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Over 90% primary school children get first preference across West Sussex



Primary school places are today being offered to children who will be starting school this September.

This year West Sussex County Council say their admissions team handled 9,133 applications with every child having been allocated a place.

This year:

• 98.5% of those who applied were offered one of their three preferences
• 90.8% were offered their first preference school.

The council says that parents and carers who applied should not be concerned if they haven’t received their email offer yet as they are being sent before 5pm today (April 16, 2020).

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

“I am pleased to see such a high percentage of children receive one of their preference places. This year our admissions team and schools have together overcome the considerable extra challenges that the current circumstances present to again offer every applicable child a school place.

“I know that there will be concern amongst parents and carers regarding how the coronavirus will affect their child starting school this September. Though the situation remains uncertain, I want to assure people that we will be working closely with schools to ensure the least amount of disruption possible, for all West Sussex pupils.

The admissions team also handled a total of 1,522 applications for children transferring to junior school. Of those 99.7% will today be offered one of their three preferences, with 99.5% offered their first preference school.

With regards to primary and secondary school admissions appeals, the Department for Education has advised local authorities that independent appeal hearings should not take place under the current circumstances.

The County Council is working on establishing suitable alternative arrangements which will be communicated in due course.


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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