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School admissions in West Sussex higher than national average

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The latest school admission figures published show that West Sussex is better than the national average.

Over nine out of ten children in the are were offered their first choice of school in 2017 and a staggering 99% were offered one of their preferred schools.

Figures for applications in West Sussex in September 2017 show:

• 98.3 per cent of secondary applicants offered one of their three preferences
• 91.1 per cent of secondary applicants offered their first preference
• 98.6 per cent of primary applicants offered one of their three preferences
• 90.2 per cent of primary applicants offered their first preference.

In comparison, 83.5% of secondary applicants and 90.0% of primary applicants in England were offered their first choice.

West Sussex’s figures are also higher than those for the South East as a whole, where 85.2 per cent of secondary applicants and 88.8 per cent of primary applicants were offered their first choice.

All West Sussex pupils who needed a place got one.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “This is excellent news. Our allocations team here at West Sussex have done a fantastic job.

“We’re pleased we were able to offer the vast majority of West Sussex children the primary school place they wanted this year with more than nine out of ten getting their first preference.”

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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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