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C of E free school plan for Hove
A new Christian free secondary could be built to plug a predicted shortfall in school places.
Half of places for the proposed King’s School will be given to students from Christian primary schools, with the rest filled by children of either no faith or of other religions.
The parents behind the school say they are looking at sites in Hove but are keeping details under wraps until they have heard the result of their application to the Department for Education.
Sue Worthing, one of the parents behind the proposal, said there was a shortage of Christian secondary places in Brighton and Hove.
The trained solicitor from Hove said: “We wanted to see a C of E senior school. It is ridiculous that in a town of our size there is only one Christian school which is Cardinal Newman.
“Site wise we are restricted in the city because obviously you could not produce something as large as Newman or even the others because within our geographical area there are simply not the sites.”
The school is planned to cater for up to 750 11 to 16-year-olds.
Mrs Worthing said the group had been in contact with the Diocese of Chichester about the proposed school and is investigating possible links to an existing C of E primary school.
She said the school would be focused on celebrating Christian festivals such as Easter and Christmas.
The King’s School website said it will aim to “inspire” Christian values through the teaching of high moral standards, a discussion-based RE curriculum, collective worship and a full-time chaplaincy.
A quiet space for personal reflection would also be provided.
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman confirmed that the authority had had “preliminary contact” with the group behind the King’s School proposal.
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