Issue details

Small Schools Assessment

The County Council’s School Effectiveness Strategy 2018-22 sets out the need for a diverse supply of strong schools across the county. It highlights that, where schools are identified as being at risk in terms of their viability to provide an effective and financially sustainable educational provision, options for change need to be considered.


A high level impact assessment has been undertaken to ascertain whether any schools may reasonably be considered to be at risk in relation to factors which represent indicators for viability and meet the case for consideration for change, namely federation, merger, relocation or closure, when assessed against the Department for Education statutory guidance.


This assessment identified that a number of smaller schools may be considered to be at risk and, due to the specific circumstances relating to five of these schools, it was determined that a more detailed impact assessment should be undertaken on potential options to address those risks. This impact assessment work has now concluded and it is proposed to undertake a consultation to assess views on options for change at 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

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Angmering & Findon; Bourne; Chichester South; Midhurst; Worth Forest;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 11/07/2019

Decision due: September 2019 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Lead member: Councillor Richard Burrett

Contact: Graham Olway, Assistant Director - School Organisation Email: Tel: 033 022 23029.

Consultation process

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



Governing Bodies

Diocese of Chichester Education

Parents and Carers

Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee – 11 September 2019

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

Background3: Best Start in Life


Background papers

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