More than 500 new places at West Sussex schools

Portsmouth Grammar School pupils, back from left  to right: Sam Rush, Oliver Clark, Hermione Barrick, Michaela Clancy, Ilana Berney, Lizzy Greenfield, Charlotte Phillips, Grace Goodfellow, Caleb Barron, Robert Merriam. Front row, left to right: Katie Morrison, Gemma Webb, Lana Watt, Alfie Perry-Ward

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HUNDREDS of new primary school places have been provided in West Sussex as part of a £15m scheme.

West Sussex County Council is currently in the middle of a project to increase capacity at schools across the county.

It comes as classroom sizes have increased because of a surge in demand for primary school places.

The initial part of the scheme has been completed on time this month and provided an additional 597 places in the county.

Over the next few years, the Chichester-based county council has committed to providing an additional 6,000 places across West Sussex covering all year groups.

Councillor Peter Griffiths, in charge of education in West Sussex, said: ‘I am delighted that all the building works that have taken place during the summer holidays were completed on schedule.

‘It shows we are very alive to the surge in primary school numbers that most education authorities are facing. This is a huge challenge, but I am confident that working with our schools, that we will rise to it.’