Three schools in Brighton and Hove are facing a reduction in admissions

The number of admissions to three schools in the city could be reduced under plans being discussed by the council.

Councilors from Brighton and Hove City Council will meet later today to consider plans to reduce childcare places at Downs Infant School in Ditchling Road, Hertford Infant School in Hertford Road and Hove Junior School in Portland Road.

Under the proposals, places at Downs Infant School would be cut by a quarter, from 120 to 90 pupils, while places at Hertford Infant School would be cut in half, from 60 to 30 pupils – as part of a wider intention to replace the current Nursery and Primary schools with a single-entry, single-site primary school in the future.

Hove Junior School would see its number of admissions reduced from 66 to 64 pupils under the plans.

The proposed cuts have the support of all relevant governing bodies and would come into effect from September 2024.

The number of students entering primary school in the city and across the country has been declining over the past few years and is expected to decline further in the coming years.

Senior Schools Advisor Sarah Nield said: ‘Locally and nationally we continue to face a very serious problem with the declining number of children expected to start school in the coming years.

“Councils have no control over the birth rate or which schools parents prefer for their children. This makes planning future school places a complex task.

“If we agree to consult on these proposals, it will be an opportunity for governors, school leaders, families and residents to give their opinions on our proposals – and to suggest alternative options for solving the problems of the coming years caused by the declining birth rate. .”

Councilors will meet to discuss proposed school admissions arrangements for the 2024-25 school year at a meeting of the Children, Young People and Skills Committee from 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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