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24 Sep 2018
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2018/282
Area Reviews

In line with the Council’s Excellence for All strategy and the Education Commissioning Plan, the Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service is undertaking area reviews of primary school provision across the county during the 2018/19 academic year. The reviews will provide the opportunity for schools and local partners to be involved in discussing the issues in each area and to consider the organisation of schools to make sure that they are well placed to deliver a viable, high quality education to their communities.

East Sussex County Council has a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places for all children.  

The Education Commissioning Plan 2017-2021 (ECP) sets out our approach to the organisation and leadership arrangements of schools to maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of provision to ensure that all schools are well placed to deliver high quality education that meets the needs of their local community and makes best use of public funding. Our stated aim is to maintain a sustainable network of schools, particularly in the rural areas, through exploring a range of partnership solutions where appropriate (e.g. collaborations, federations, trust status and academy chains).

The Council is committed to working in close partnership with schools, the dioceses and key partners to ensure that the supply of school places across the county is sufficient, viable and provides high quality education. It is in this context that the Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service is undertaking reviews of primary school provision across the county. The reviews will consider factors such as:

  • The level of deficit or surplus places in an area/school
  • The location of schools in relation to local pupil numbers
  • Parental choice for schools
  • The quality of provision and outcomes achieved for pupils
  • The financial sustainability of schools

The reviews will consider primary school provision across an area to ensure there is sufficient provision to meet local demand for places now and in the future and also look more widely at the organisation of schools to make certain that they are well placed to deliver a viable, high quality education to their local communities.

The first part of the review process, which is currently underway and should be completed in November, is an analysis by council officers and diocesan colleagues of detailed data sets for schools in each area that will ensure we have a complete picture of the provision in a particular area.

The twelve areas under consideration, as agreed with the Diocese of Chichester, are:

  • Alfriston area
  • Battle area
  • Hartfield and Withyham area
  • Heathfield area
  • North Chailey area
  • Ringmer area
  • Robertsbridge area
  • Rural Hailsham area
  • Rural Uckfield area
  • Rye area
  • South Chailey area
  • Wadhurst area

To view the Excellence for All strategy and the Education Commissioning Plan please follow the link below.

Excellence for All and the Education Commissioning Plan

The Council will provide feedback from the area reviews before the end of Term 2. Schools in areas identified for further consideration will be invited to a series of stakeholder engagement meetings that will be conducted between January and March 2019. These meetings will provide an opportunity for all local stakeholders to review the data sets and identify the key issues, challenges and opportunities that areas/schools are facing and help identify local solutions to these issues. Following the stakeholder meetings recommendations from the reviews will be developed and put forward if appropriate.

Gary Langford
Gary Langford
Place Planning Manager

Phone: 01273 481758
Email: gary.langford@eastsussex.gov.uk