Issue details

Phase 2 Special Support Centre Programme - West Park Primary School, Worthing - Allocation of Funding

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 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 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (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 redesignate and create 4 additional places at the SSC at West Park Primary School in Worthing.  The school currently caters for 840 children aged between 4 and 11 with an existing SSC that is currently designated and resourced to provide 10 places for children with Additional Learning Needs


Approval is required for the allocation of funding from the Capital Programme to provide the necessary accommodation at West Park for the redesignation of the SSC from Additional Learning Needs to Social Communication Needs and to increase the current planned places from 10 to 14 children aged 4 to 11 from September 2023. In addition the budget will fund all associated fees, ICT and furniture and equipment.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Goring;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/12/2020

Decision due: November 2021 by Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Lead member: Councillor Nigel Jupp

Contact: Leigh Hunnikin, Project Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 23051.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553


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