Issue details

Relocation of Jessie Younghusband Primary School - determination of Statutory Proposals and associated primary catchment changes for the Chichester area

Jessie Younghusband Primary School is a primary school providing up to 210 places for children aged 4-11 years.  The proposal is to relocate Jessie Younghusband Primary School from its current location to a new 1 Form of Entry (1FE) primary school (210 places) which is being built on the housing development west of Chichester, known as Minerva Heights.


St Anthony’s School in Chichester is a special school for children and young people aged between 4 and 16 years with moderate learning difficulties. It currently shares a site with Jessie Younghusband Primary. There is a need to expand St Anthony’s to ensure there are appropriate and sufficient places in accordance with the County Council’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy 2019-2024. The relocation of Jessie Younghusband Primary would leave a vacant building which could be used for the purposes of expanding St Anthony’s School.


It is also necessary to propose revisions to the catchment areas of other schools in the local area should the proposals proceed.


In December 2023 the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Learning and Skills approved the launch of a public consultation, in accordance with Department for Education (DfE) guidance, to seek views on the proposed changes (decision CYPLS05(23/24) refers). The Cabinet Member subsequently approved progression of these proposals to the next stage of the DfE process.  This led to the publication of statutory proposals for the relocation of Jessie Younghusband school, in March 2024, (decision CYPLS02(24/25) refers). 


The proposals were published for a period of 4 weeks and provided the opportunity for the public to submit new and substantively different comments regarding the proposals; a summary of the representations received is set out in section 4. Following analysis of the representations, which indicated no new or substantively different comments, approval is now sought to implement the proposals as published and to implement the related proposals for associated catchment areas and for St Anthony’s Special School.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 division;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Chichester North; Chichester West;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 18/04/2024

Decision due: July 2024 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Learning and Skills (Cllr Jacquie Russell)

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Learning and Skills (Cllr Jacquie Russell)

Contact: Graham Olway, Head of Organisation and Planning Email: Tel: 033 022 23029.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the decision maker via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Parents, pupils, governing bodies and local school communities

Church of England and Catholic Diocese.

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders - Tel: 033 022 22553


Background papers

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