Have your say on the admission arrangements for 2019-20

Closed 26 Jan 2018

Opened 13 Nov 2017

Feedback updated 21 Jul 2020

We asked

For views on the proposed admission arrangements to Community and Controlled Schools for the 2019/20 school year. The main changes were

  • To make a change to the community area for Hankham and Stone Cross primary schools so that the current discrete areas are merged to form one shared community area;
  • To include the community area formerly served by Rodmell CE Primary School in the community area for Iford & Kingston CE Primary School following the agreed closure of Rodmell CE Primary School;
  • To include the villages of Ditchling and Streat in Chailey Secondary School’s community area to create a shared area with Priory School.

Views were also sought the co-ordinated admission schemes and on the Proposed Admission Numbers at all schools but in particular to increases at Ditchling St Margaret’s CE Primary School, Polegate School and  Robertsbridge Community College and decreases at Forest Row CE Primary and Uplands Community College.

You said

41 people completed the online survey. A further 30 responded to the issue of raising the admission number at Robertsbridge Community College which was an addendum to the original survey.

92.7% of respondents were in favour of the change to the Hankham and Stone Cross community areas (primary)

85.4% of respondents were in favour of the change to the Rodmell and Iford and Kingston Community areas (primary)

87.8% of respondents were in favour of the change to the Community area for Chailey School (secondary)

The changes to the admission numbers were agreed. A full breakdown of responses can be found in the Lead Member report 19 February 2018. (item 37)

We did

The changes that were agreed will come into force for September 2019 onwards.


This consultation outlines the proposed admissions arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools from September 2019. It also sets out the proposed schemes for co-ordination for the normal years of entry.

There are no changes to the admissions criteria. Parkland infant and junior academies and Shinewater primary academy wish to adopt the local authority's criteria.

We are proposing three changes to community areas; two in respect of primary schools, and one in respect of a secondary school.

There are also proposals to change the planned admission number at four schools.


The governors of Robertsbridge Community College have requested that the Planned Admission Number (PAN) for the college increase to 145 (from 130). This was missed from the original online survey.

As this is a decision which could impact upon other local schools, we would like to hear the view of other local schools and parents to ensure that all interested parties are given the opportunity to express their opinions. The County Council remains of the view that this increase is not necessary.

Any parent or school wishing to express an opinion solely on this proposal should do so by email to admissions@eastsussex.gov.uk by 26 January 2018.  Please indicate in your response whether you think the PAN for Robertsbridge should remain at 130, be raised to 145 or another figure, together with any reasons you may wish to include.’

We would particularly welcome your views on these aspects of our proposals although all comments are welcomed on any aspect of the arrangements.



Why your views matter

This survey outlines the Authority's proposed admissions arrangements for the 2019-20 school year. Consultation begins on Monday 13 November 2017 and ends on Friday 26 January 2018 which satisfies the duty to consult for at least six weeks.

We strongly recommend that you read the related documents with care to fully understand the proposals.

What happens next

Once we've consulted, the admission arrangements for primary and secondary community and voluntary controlled schools for the 2019-20 school year will be finalised and subsequently published in line with statutory guidelines.


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