Decision details

Proposals for reorganisation of rural and small schools in West Sussex (CAB10_19/20)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


In September 2019 the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills took a decision (decision reference ES02(19/20)) to approve the commencement of a consultation in relation to proposals for change at the at all, none or any of the following schools:-


·       Clapham and Patching CE Primary School, Clapham, Worthing

·       Compton and Up Marden CE School, Compton, Chichester

·       Rumboldswhyke CE Infants’ School, Chichester

·       Stedham Primary School, Stedham, Midhurst

·       Warninglid Primary School, Warninglid, Haywards Heath


The consultation is due to end in late November 2019.  Following assessment of the outcome of the consultation, should specific proposals for any of the schools listed emerge, Cabinet will be asked to agree to launch a consultation seeking views on these specific proposals.




Following consideration of the report, Cabinet resolved:


To support the proposals outlined in section 2 of the report going forward to:


1.    Consult on:


a)   Closure of Clapham and Patching C of E Primary School by September 2020 whilst continuing to discuss academisation proposals which the County Council will encourage and support. 

b)   Closure of Rumboldswhyke C of E Infant School effective September 2020.

c)    Relocation of Warninglid Primary School and the federation of the school by September 2021 (subject to developers progress).

d)   Closure of Stedham Primary School by September 2020, whilst continuing to encourage and assist the school in its discussion on federation, which if agreed by the end of the consultation period (16 March 2020), will result in the consultation ceasing. 


2.   Progress the Federation proposals for:


·         Compton and Up Marden C of E Primary School.


The call-in deadline is 23 January 2020.

Publication date: 14/01/2020

Date of decision: 14/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 14/01/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/01/2020

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