Issue details

Expansion of Palatine Primary School, Worthing

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy 2019-2024 aims to provide high quality local education provision for children and young people with SEND and optimise value for money from the High Needs Block of the Dedicated Schools Grant.  As part of the development of the SEND Strategy, the County Council has identified an increased demand for extra provision in Special Schools across West Sussex to meet increasing needs. There is a requirement to both increase places at certain special schools and to ensure existing school accommodation meets the needs of the pupils on roll. 


Following a review of current numbers on roll, projected needs and the existing accommodation at Palatine Primary School in Worthing the need for additional accommodation has been identified, to meet a projected increase in pupils from 153 to 178. The school caters for a wide-range of Special Educational Needs and Disability for pupils aged between 4 and 11, including children with moderate and severe learning difficulties, complex social and communication difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties.


A proposed project to deliver an increase in capacity would enable the school to offer suitable accommodation and support spaces for 178 pupils.


The feasibility work for the project to accommodation the pupils has been completed. Following detailed design and associated cost estimates the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills will be asked to approve the allocation of the funds required to enable the project to proceed.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: Northbrook;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/04/2020

Decision due: January 2021 by Cabinet Member for Education 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 Education and Skills via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken


School, parents and local residents

Parish and Borough Councils

Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

West Sussex Plan Priority: Best Start in LIfe

Background papers

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