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Two new primary academy schools for East Sussex to open in 2015
Funding for two new primary schools catering for 420 children has been agreed.
The academy schools in Hailsham and Newhaven will cost £4.5 million and £5 million and are set to open in September 2015.
The Government will part-fund the schools with East Sussex County Council to make up the shortfall.
The details follow news that West Sussex County Council had won funding for nearly 2,000 new school places, including a new 900-pupil secondary school in Worthing and 360 extra places at Durrington High School.
Just one school won funding in the city with Brighton and Hove West Hove Infant School getting 90 new places.
Councillor Nick Bennett, East Sussex lead member for schools, said: “The schools will not only help us to ensure we have enough school places, but also ensure pupils have access to state-of-the-art classrooms and equipment.
“The county council has a duty to ensure there are sufficient school places and by working in collaboration with schools, the Government and other stakeholders, we will ensure our children have a first class learning experience.”
The funding has been granted on the provision that the schools are academies with a consultation underway to find sponsors to run the schools.
The Department for Education will confirm the sponsors and the funding allocation in December 2013.
The schools will be built on land adjacent to Tideway School, in Newhaven, and land off Ingram’s Way, Hailsham.
Yearly births in Newhaven have jumped from 128 in 2001/02 to 177 in 2010/11 with new housing creating pressure on school places.
Shortfalls of up to 60 reception places are expected after 2014/15 without the new school.
Pupil numbers are also expected to increase in Hailsham with 3,000 new homes by 2027 and a shortfall of 90 reception places predicted by 2020.
Academies are publicly-funded schools free from local authority control.
Sponsors can include existing schools, businesses, universities, charities and faith bodies.
It is proposed that the new Worthing school would open in September 2015 and be built on land owned by Northbrook College in Broadwater, Worthing.
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