The consultation period for the proposed changes to the admissions policy 2018-19 has now closed. We would like to thank everyone who has responded and there will now be a period of reflection whilst the Trustees further consider the feedback and take any necessary advice, prior to communicating a final decision. We expect this to happen no later than the end of January 2017.
Anne Ratsey (Headteacher); Tony Mason (Chair of Trustees)
Worth Less? Worth Enough?
As promised, please find below an update on the school funding situation for schools in West Sussex.
Following publication of the second part of the National Funding Formula (NFF) consultation, school leaders
across West Sussex are saddened by the fact that for many schools the financial situation does not look like it is improving either in the short or longer terms.
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Please read the letter to our MP
Southwater and the surrounding area is going through a rapid growth in housing development. The Trustees of The Southwater Junior Academy (SJA) are monitoring this carefully and are rolling out plans to handle the potential increase in demand for places at our school. This year the first stage was to switch all years to 4 classes which allows us to take our full quota of 480 children. Our predictions show that in the academic year of 2018/19 we could see more applications than there are available places at SJA.
With the combination of housing growth and demographic changes, we propose to amend our admissions policy to prioritise on supporting local children attending their local school. As such, the proposal agreed by the Trustee body, will prioritise the selection criteria on those children living in the SJA catchment area over children attending Southwater Infant Academy.
Whilst this may seem counter to our previous admissions policy, it focuses places for local children who live in the local area. Of course, this policy is only acted upon in the event that a year group number goes above 120.
The DfE School Admissions Code requires all admissions authorities to consult on their admission arrangements whenever there is a significant change proposed. Our proposed admissions policy for the academic year of 2018/19 has therefore been updated in line with the above and is now available to view here. The consultation period will last for six weeks until Wednesday 11th January 2017. Any comments on our proposed admissions policy 2018/19 should be sent in writing to Mrs Nicky Wright via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: The Southwater Junior Academy, Worthing Road, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 9JH.
Southwater Junior Academy past events.