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“Near to School” Provision

Head teachers in the local area approached WSCC to propose the development of a local model of alternative provision that supports students in Key Stage 3 to remain successfully in their local education community.

The pilot project provides an earlier intervention and alternative model to that which is provided through the West Sussex Alternative Provision College (WSAPC) for students at risk of exclusion. It forms part of the continuum of provision available across West Sussex which includes support to schools (including outreach), WSAPC and SEMH special schools. 

Having considered a similar model that is operating successfully in Brighton and Hove, the schools proposed to work in partnership with the Russell Martin Foundation (RMF) to support delivery of this alternative provision.  This link with a charitable organisation provides additional opportunities for external funding and support and links with local businesses. 

This pilot project has been working with schools in area South since January 2021 and Area West since September 2021.