Bexhill primary schools to expand says East Sussex council

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Two schools in Bexhill are to expand to cope with the town's rising birth rate, East Sussex County Council has said.

Sidley Community Primary School and St Mary's Magdalene Catholic Primary School are to increase their intake of pupil numbers.

Following a consultation with the local community, Councillor David Elkin gave the go ahead for the expansions.

He said: "Based on pupil number projections, we know we will need extra school places in Bexhill."

Under the plans, Sidley Primary School will be expanded to take another class and a half or 45 pupils, and will move to a new site in Gunters Lane.

St Mary Magdalene will increase its intake to take an additional half class which will mean an extra 15 pupils.

The council said that this would mean additional classes, not larger class sizes.

The need for extra school places was highlighted in a previous council report which indicated that across Bexhill birth rates increased by 27% from 2004/05 to 2008/09.

Mr Elkin added: "These proposals are really important because without them we know we would be short of school places in Bexhill in the future."

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