Secondary School Admission Arrangements 2018/19 – Update

From Richard Barker, Head of School Organisation

The public engagement phase considering proposals to change secondary school catchment areas from September 2018 is well underway. 6 public meetings have been held already and there are another 2 scheduled for this week at Whitehawk library on Tuesday evening and Jubilee Library on Wednesday lunchtime. These meetings have generated some thoughtful discussion from participants and some clear themes are emerging. There have been more than 280 responses via the council’s online portal to date. However some parents report that they have not received any information from their child’s school about the public engagement.

To allow residents more opportunities to attend one of the engagement events and then respond to the proposals being put forward the engagement phase is to be extended by an additional week until Sunday 1 May.

The following events have been scheduled for after the school holidays.

· Tuesday 12 April Longhill High School 7 – 9pm

· Wednesday 13 April Patcham High School 7 – 9pm

· Thursday 14 April County Ground, Hove 7 – 9pm

In response to direct enquiries, further meetings are in the process of being scheduled for the following weeks and the school will be updated with these as soon as the arrangements have been confirmed.

As the council is keen to engage young people in this process there will be an approach to all Partnership Chairs seeking volunteer schools to host a focus group activity with pupils in year 3 and 4 who will be impacted by the proposals and year 7 pupils who have recently experienced the admission process.

Please ensure that parents are informed, as soon as is possible, of the details of these events using your existing communication channels with parents together with details of how to respond formally to the proposals in this engagement phase.

For ease the confirmed dates are:

° Whitehawk Library: Tuesday 22 March, 7pm to 9pm

° Jubilee Library: Wednesday 23 March, 12 noon to 2pm.

° Longhill High School: Tuesday 12 April 7pm to 9pm

° Patcham High School: Wednesday 13 April 7pm to 9pm

° County Ground, Hove: Thursday 14 April 7pm to 9pm

Further information is available at:

Consultation on the reorganisation of secondary school …

We want your views on proposed changes to school admissions for children starting secondary school in September 2018. The consultation will open on Monday 14 March …

Responses can be made at:

Thank you for your support in this matter.

Richard Barker, Head of School Organisation

Children’s Services (Education and Inclusion)

Brighton and Hove City Council

Room 322, Kings House,

Grand Avenue,

Hove, BN3 2LS

Tel: 01273 290732 Mob: 07584 217328