Southwater is served by a number of excellent secondary schools; but this necessitates bussing around 650 pupils out of the village each day. Currently, there are 875 pupils enrolled in Castlewood School, Southwater Infant Academy and Southwater Junior Academy. WSCC has identified the need for a new school due to the steady growth in population in Horsham and the surrounding area and Southwater is seen as a sensible place to locate it for the aforementioned reasons. This would give a local school for local children and the choice of being able to walk to school.
The proposed school will have an open admissions policy, be inclusive of children from all backgrounds and have a Christian ethos. The school will provide a community resource aiming to deliver a range of services. HCT believes the school can play a key role in continuing to develop a real sense of community within Southwater, building on existing work such as the joint youth work project between the churches and the Parish Council.
The consultation regarding the new Free School is being carried out by HCT and Oasis. It aims to help you understand the proposal for Oasis Southwater Community School, express your views on it, and sign up your child to be part of the school.
The consultation is running until 31st January 2012, although if you have questions or want to sign up after this date, please do get in touch with us at: Oasis Southwater Community School, Project Manager, Micah House, Blatchford Road, Horsham, RH13 5QR.
For this application to go forward to the Department of Education, parents need to indicate that 50% of the 180 spaces will be filled in year 7 for 2014 and 2015. To give an indication of your interest please complete the form here.
To download a copy of the Consultation document please click here.
Details of consultation meetings are published on this site click here