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Have your say on changes to the special needs provision at Hazelwick school in Crawley

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People are being asked for their views on a proposed change to the special needs provision at a Crawley school.

The change would affect the special support centre at Hazelwick School and see it change the number of places commissioned by the county council from eight to four.

The county council is proposing the move due to demand as consistently low numbers of pupils require a place at the centre and to make the best use of available resources. The consultation will run until Monday 29 January.

People can take part in the consultation at https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/ Following the end of the consultation a decision will be taken on whether to approve the proposal. This is expected to be made next month.

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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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