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New £13 million Worthing school to meet baby boom
A new multimillion-pound school will be built to help accommodate an expanding seaside town.
The Government has earmarked more than £13 million for the construction of the new secondary school in Worthing after an “influx of children born in the area”.
The new school, to be built on surplus land owned by Northbrook College in Broadwater, will accommodate up to 900 pupils and will allow children to start secondary school aged 11 instead of 12.
The change of transfer age will bring Worthing in line with the rest of the country’s primary and secondary school system and will see the current infant, first, middle and high-school structure scrapped.
At a West Sussex County Council meeting last week, the authority revealed it hoped the new school would become an academy and it would be looking at possible sponsors.
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, said the change in the age of transfer for Worthing schoolchildren was “long overdue” and the new school was “essential”.
Elsewhere, extra funding for additional places at other schools in the town has also been secured.
Pupil numbers at Durring- ton High School will be increased by 360 places and Davison High School for Girls will welcome another 240 pupils.
David Laws, cabinet member for education, said at Friday’s meeting: “There has been a big influx of children being born in the area.
“Infant, first and primary schools need to move to the primary and secondary way of working.”
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