Decision details

Phase 2 Special Support Centre Programme - Edward Bryant Primary School, Bognor Regis - Allocation of Funding for Project Delivery - LS03(22/23)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The County Council has a statutory duty to provide sufficient school places for all children who need a place.


Increasing provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) through the creation of additional places in Special Support Centres (SSCs) will assist with the aim of enabling children to attend school locally. As a consequence this will reduce the number of children and young people with SEND moving from maintained schools and academies into costly education provision in the Independent and Non-Maintained Special School sector, often at schools not situated in West Sussex. 


It is proposed to create an SSC at Edward Bryant School in Bognor Regis. The school is a primary academy and currently caters for 630 children aged between 4 and 11.


Approval is required for the allocation of funding from the Capital Programme to provide the necessary accommodation at Edward Bryant School for the establishment of a Special Support Centre for 12 children aged 4 to 11 with Social Communication Needs. In addition the budget will fund all associated fees, ICT and furniture and equipment.


The Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills has approved:


(1)The allocation of £1.629m to fund the necessary accommodation and external play area as set out in paragraph 2.1 of the report to enable the establishment of a 12 place Special Support Centre at Edward Bryant School in Bognor Regis from September 2023;


(2)The authorisation to commence a procurement process and delegation to the Assistant Director (Property and Assets) to appoint contractors to complete the design and cost the new accommodation;


(3)The delegation of authority to the Assistant Director (Property and Assets) to submit the necessary planning application and building regulations approval and to obtain any statutory consents, and to enter into a construction contract with the successful tenderer.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Publication date: 29/06/2022

Date of decision: 29/06/2022

Effective from: 11/07/2022

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