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School admissions in West Sussex higher than national average



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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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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