Changes for youngsters in Pagham

A NEW arrangement should ensure Pagham children are educated in their local junior school.

The admission arrangement is aimed at ending the problem of youngsters who live in the west of the area being given a lower priority to go to Rose Green Junior School than those who live elsewhere.

Pagham Parish Council welcomed the latest situation. Cllr Dawn Salter told her fellow members at their February meeting the problems seen last year, as highlighted in the Observer, of children failing to get in to Rose Green Infant School should not be repeated as they moved up to the infants.

Pagham’s children were protected by a line drawn on the admissions map.

“Children in the west of Pagham are now going to take priority in junior school as well as the infant school,” she said.

“We will not be getting the issue that we had being repeated in 2015 as the bulge year in numbers goes up.”

She said the change had occurred after positive meetings with members of both schools.

Cllr Mrs Salter led a campaign last year for the admissions procedure to be altered. A group of Pagham parents were told their children had to go to school in Bognor because children outside the parish had priority for the infant school.