Four secondary schools to create space for 440 more pupils

The Argus has reported that four secondary schools in Brighton and Hove have been granted funding to allow the creation of 440 additional places

An extra 440 secondary school places will be made available in Brighton and Hove in order to accommodate an inevitable influx of new pupils in the near future.

Over £1m in developers’ cash and £15m from the government will pay for the places, which will be created between now and 2022.

The extra capacity will be split between Blatchington Mill (150 places), Patcham High (50), Varndean (150) and Dorothy Stringer (90).

Varndean and Dorothy Stringer had already been promised £2m earlier this year to take the ‘misplaced 38’ children who were allocated school places outside their catchment area.

A report going before Brighton and Hove City Council Policy, Resources and Growth Committee this week says that Dorothy Stringer’s head teacher, Richard Bradford, did not want an extra 360 pupils permanently but would prefer “bulge classes”.

Varndean will receive £5m from the basic fund, as it has started to take 300 pupils a year permanently.

The cash will help pay for new science space and other specialist classrooms within the school.

Patcham High is close to capacity but analysis shows that more families are moving to this area, resulting in a need for more places. It is slated to receive an extra £1m from the basic needs fund.

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