Time to apply for West Sussex primary school places

Time to apply for West Sussex primary school places

For children starting school in West Sussex next year, it’s now time to apply for places.

Applications are now open for children who start in reception at primary and infant schools in September 2023. The quickest and easiest way is to apply online and the deadline for applications is 15 January 2023. Children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 are eligible to start school next September.

Children who are currently in Year 2 at infant school will also need to apply for a place to start junior school in September next year.

It is strongly advised that parents and carers apply on time, before 15 January 2023, so as to give themselves the best chance of being offered one of their three preferences. Those who apply late are far less likely to get a place at one of their three preferred schools and will still need to apply, as they will not automatically be given a place.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Helping people and communities to fulfil their potential is one of the key priorities in Our Council Plan and our schools play a significant role in helping to achieve this.

“When considering your three preferences, I encourage families to do as much research into the schools as possible. Please look at a school’s website and make contact with schools directly to ask questions and find out about their open days.”

All of the information about applying is on the Council website. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries, there’s no need to book. Those unable to apply online can request a form through the post by calling 033 301 42903.

Parents/carers are advised:

  • to include three preference schools on your application, listing them in order of preference.
  • Parents/carers who want their child to go to their catchment school will need to include that school as a preference for it to be considered.
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.

County Council admissions staff are available for those who need help with their application. Contact the admissions team by phoning 033 301 42903 or emailing the admissions team north: admissions.north@westsussex.gov.uk or the admissions team south: admissions.south@westsussex.gov.uk

Secondary school applications are currently open for September 2023 and close on 31 October 2022.


For further information please contact the news desk on 0330 222 8090 or email pressoffice@westsussex.gov.uk.For urgent out-of-hours enquiries please call 07767 098415.

Why don't you join Birdham Parish Council?  There are still two vacancies!

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Planning application appeal - 1st March 2022

Manhood Peninsula Action Group

Urgent, Urgent, Urgent!Please can you help?Hello, Many will be aware that the 1st March is a significant day for the Manhood and all that live here. It is the start of the Church Road, East Wittering Planning Appeal, made by the developers Welbeck against Chichester District Council who refused their application to build 70 houses off Church Road. If the developers win, this will open up the site for a further 226 houses. If this appeal succeeds then more will follow such as the Clappers Lane, Earnley application for 100 houses. There is one simple way to help and make your view known - that is by attending the Appeal, which starts on 1st March at West Wittering Memorial Hall at 10.00. We ask that as many people as possible, and we really need 150 people, to attend the meeting and show to the Planning Inspector how concerned we are. Numbers really matter. However, we are advised that a protest outside will not help and could be counter-productive. What matters are the numbers actually attending the appeal.  We know this is a big ask, but if you can spare half a day or a whole day over as many of the days that the appeal is being held (1 – 8 March), it really will make a difference. More details of this appeal can be found on the Chichester District planning portal under reference 20/02491/out or click here: https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QHKX6UERGX600The appeal itself has reference number app/l3815/w/21/3286315. Please let us know if you can attend and when. Email: manhoodpag@gmail.com Thank you very much and hoping to see you on the 1st. Louise Goldsmith and Joan Foster


CDC’s Culture Spark 22 is in need of volunteers. Would you mind spreading the word please? Caroline Sharman is the link for Culture Spark 22 and her email is shown below. Following please find the info circulated today:

Culture Spark Chichester 2022 is launching with three exciting events:

  • 29 March, Cathedral Green, Chichester
  • 30 March, Medmerry Hill, Selsey
  • 31 March, Cowdary Ruins, Midhurst

If you would like to get involved and help at any of the above evening events please email carolinesharman@me.com

Culture Spark aims to give everyone - including every child in the district - the chance to participate in an amazing cultural experience, and it also celebrates multiple milestones of some of its cultural organisations.

Celebrations will be taking place to recognise 60 years of Chichester Festival Theatre; 40 years of Pallant House Gallery; 30 years of Chichester Cinema at New Park's International Film Festival; 10 years of The Novium Museum and the Festival of Chichester; and even more impressively, 200 years of the Canal Trust! All of the organisations will be holding their own exciting events as part of the season to mark this special year.

Inspired by the anniversaries, Culture Spark will also bring together a wide variety of community groups, individuals, the university, colleges and schools from across the district to celebrate Chichester's rich cultural offering.


Community Fridges, Larders and Pantries

Would you like to have your say about local food? 

The Arun & Chichester Food Partnership is finding out what people want and value in their community. Your feedback will help us support and improve local services.  

If you can, please do complete the survey at shorturl.at/ptLOT 

If you need any help or can’t access the internet, please contact the Food Partnership on 07483 172 353 or foodpartnership@arunchichestercab.org.uk 

To sign up to our newsletter, please see www.arunchichestercab.org.uk/acfp

Thank you very much.

Could you be a cyber hero?

We’re looking for willing volunteers to become ‘Digital Ambassadors’ and help support their local communities to become safer online.

West Sussex County Council, in partnership with Get Safe Online, began the search last autumn. More than 100 people responded to the call, and so far 15 people have already been trained to help educate and support their local communities.

New training dates have been set for March, opening the doors for new volunteers to come forward.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue, said: “Anyone interested in becoming a Cyber Hero doesn’t need to be a digital expert, as anyone accepted will receive a series of specially tailored training sessions delivered by experts from Get Safe Online.

“We were delighted to have received more than 100 expressions of interest when we first asked for volunteers last autumn. It demonstrated a need for this kind of support in the community and how important it is to make sure that our friends, families and neighbours are all aware of the steps they can take to be safer online.

“With this round, we are hoping to find more volunteers from the north of the county, so if you or someone you know is interested in an opportunity to support people to stay safe online, please get in contact. You don’t need to be tech savvy, all we ask is that you have a basic understanding of the internet, as all information will be given to you during your training.”

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, added: “The internet provides many benefits but ensuring you and your community are safe online is important for all of us, especially with the rise of cybercrime in recent times. Digital Ambassadors are a fantastic way to help spread messages on how to stay safe online and you don't need to be technically minded to become one - simply having an interest is more than enough. Training is clear and easy, yet the messages you will learn from our team of experts could help prevent you, or someone in your network, become a victim. So, if you're interested, West Sussex County Council would love to hear from you and help us ensure everyone gets safe online in 2022."

Anyone interest in volunteering and wanting to find out more should email communitysafety.wellbeing@westsussex.gov.uk to register their interest by 12 noon on Monday 21 February.

Roadworks A286 Birdham The Meadows to Wophams Lane 25th Feb 2022

Please be advised that the below roads are due to be closed on the dates and times specified for Carriageway Patching. An alternative route for traffic will be signed on site.  Please note that these works are weather dependant, we will endeavour to inform you should there be significant changes to the programme.

This road closure is covered by the 14.1 order made on 21st June 2021.

Road Name


Date (from and to)

Timing of Closure (eg, 24hr, off peak 09:30 to 16:00, Night 08:00 to 06:00)

A286 Birdham Road

The Meadows to Wophams Lane

25.02.2022 (20:00) – 26.02.2022 (06:00)

20:00 – 06:00

Working party for Triangle Pond, Friday 28th Jan 22 at 10am

Habitat Management Work PartyTriangle pond, Church Lane, Birdham, PO20 7HGFriday, 28th January 2022 from 10.00am - 2.00pmWe will be cutting back the vegetation on the banks of this ponds to get light in and to improve biodiversityThere is parking next to the church and it is then a 2 minute walk to Triangle pond where we will meet.Please wear weather appropriate clothing and wellies, your own gloves and any favourite tools such as loppers, shears and saws.    Refreshments will be provided but do bring a mug and a chair.  Please bring lunch if you are going to stay for the whole session.

March for the Manhood 29th Jan 2022

March for Manhood 29th Jan 2022

West Sussex residents urged not to bin batteries during the festive period

Don’t bin your batteries and risk a fire this Christmas – that’s the call from Recycling Centres across West Sussex.

As people dust off festive fairy lights and light-up ornaments, there's often a selection of dead or old batteries waiting to be found amongst last year’s Christmas decorations.

Nearly a quarter of people across the UK admit binning used batteries, and many people are unaware batteries are pre-built inside smaller items – it only takes a single battery to spark a fire.

As many residents are replacing batteries and electricals in the run-up to Christmas, West Sussex County Council is urging people not to throw used batteries or electricals in the bin or recycling because of the risk they could be setting off a blaze.

Batteries are damaged from crushing during the sorting and collection process causing paper, plastics and other waste to catch alight.

Often batteries have some remaining charge and devices including mobile phones, e-cigarettes, and laptops are known to have caught fire in waste collection lorries and local sorting facilities in recent years.

Deborah Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said: “We’ve seen a rise in the number of fires from batteries or electrical items in collection vehicles and where we process waste - it only takes one spark to cause a blaze.”

“Both alkaline and lithium batteries contain hazardous metals and chemicals that harm the environment if they aren’t responsibly recycled – that’s why you’ll see battery collection bins at so many major retailers, and of course at our own Recycling Centres in West Sussex.”

Steve Read, County Council Director of Environment and Public Protection said: “Batteries pose a serious risk when placed into general waste or recycling bins and mixed with paper, cardboard, plastic or other recyclable materials.

"Lives are at stake, so our message is simple – please don’t bin your batteries and risk a fire this Christmas.

“It’s also important that people don't throw away old batteries from power tools, remote controlled toys, e-scooters, tablets, or any battery into their recycling bin. It’s extremely dangerous."

To find your nearest battery recycling point at a shop or supermarket where you live, visit the Recycle Now website and enter your postcode.

For more details on what you can recycle and where, the County Council has produced a handy A to Z of recycling guide on its website, with tips on how to dispose waste correctly.

Recycling Centres in West Sussex are open during the festive period and will be closed to give staff a well-deserved break from midday on Christmas Eve and reopen on Monday 27th December. Mobile waste services in Witterings and Selsey will also close on Thursday 23rd and 30th December.


West Sussex Fire & Rescue Officers extinguishing burning rubbish from a refuse truck, caused by a suspected rogue battery.


The county council has reported a rise in the number of fires from batteries or electrical items in collection vehicles and at waste processing facilities. 


Battery collection points are available across Recycling Centres in West Sussex. To find your nearest battery recycling point at a shop or supermarket, visit the Recycle Now website and enter your postcode.