Primary school expansion plans

Robsack Wood Community Primary School
Robsack Wood Community Primary School

PLANS to expand Robsack Wood Community Primary School to meet the projected increase in demand for places are to move forward.

Plans to formally consult the public on the creation of 623 additional primary places across Hastings, Eastbourne and Ringmer, including 93 at Robsack Wood were given the go ahead by East Sussex County Council.

The council has identified £17.5 million in its capital programme to create additional school places across the county.

The shortfall in Reception places in Hastings in the year 2015/16 is expected to be between 90 and 120.

Councillor Nick Bennett, lead member for learning and school effectiveness, said: “Rising birth rates and housing developments will always put pressure on school places. This is an issue we cannot and will not ignore.

“East Sussex County Council plans years in advance to ensure every child is offered a suitable place at primary school, and these proposals demonstrate how seriously we take this issue.”

The plan is for the expansion of the St Leonards primary school, taking the total number of places to 420, to be completed by September 2015.

The four-week formal consultation period which is expected to start later this month.

A final decision on the school expansion plans is expected to be made in December.

The majority of people who responded to the informal consultation which took place over a four-week period beginning at the end of June this year were against the expansion of Robsack Wood school. Reasons included overcrowding on the site, potential impact on teaching and learning, parking, and traffic congestion.