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Not enough land in Brighton and Hove for new ‘big schools’
Education bosses have ruled out creating larger secondary schools based on one big site as there is not enough available land.
Brighton and Hove City Council has forecast that it will run out of secondary school places by 2017/18.
But, despite the children already being in the education system, local authority leaders dismissed claims there was a crisis at the moment.
Speaking at a council meeting, Sue Shanks, the council’s education spokeswoman, said: “We do have issues with secondary school places but at the moment we do have a lot of capacity both in some of our maintained schools but in our two academies.”
She added: “Sites for secondary schools in the city, in common with many cities across the country, are very difficult to find.
“There certainly will not be another Dorothy Stringer or something of that kind of size as we simply do not have the land in the city.
“We will be looking for smaller provision, maybe on several different sites, apart from Toad’s Hole Valley where we have already indicated we would want to build a school.”
The response was provoked after a question from Conservative councillor Andrew Wealls.
Coun Wealls said he was “extremely concerned” at the lack of progress, adding: “I still think there are a lot of questions to be answered “The problem is the same in that we seem to be running around like headless chickens every year trying to find extra places. All the time we do not have a strategic plan in place we are constantly setting the hares running.”
Labour councillor Anne Pissaridou said: “I do not think the Greens are doing enough.
“The trouble is we do not know what they are doing and every time we ask for a list of sites, they are very reluctant.
“It’s very cloak and dagger stuff.”
It comes after the local authority opposed The King’s CE School building on part of playing fields in Old Shoreham Road, Hove.
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