Graffham school holds consultation to change status

A PUBLIC consultation is being held on the status of Graffham Infant School.

The Lavington Park Federation will review the status of the school from a community school to a voluntary controlled Church of England school.

In 1856, it was established as a church school but in 1914 a 99-year lease was given to West Sussex County Council by the church and it became a community school.

However, the 99 year lease is almost up, which is why the status of the school can be reviewed.

The head teacher and governors of the school are recommending the status reverts to Church of England voluntary controlled but welcome residents views on the matter before they make a decision.

Although the change in status will not have any direct affect on the school or students, it would bring the school closer to Graffham’s Parish Church of St Giles.

There would be no change in admission policy or the way the school is funded.

The school would also remain under the control of West Sussex County Council.

The proposed changes require public consultation.

The county council member for education will then have a chance to look at responses and make a decision as to whether the change should go ahead.

If the change is implemented, the school will be made a Church of England voluntary controlled institution from April 2013.

To comment on the proposals by the response deadline on December 17, write to:

- The school office, for the attention of Marie Bracey, at Graffham Infant School, Graffham, West Sussex, GU28 0NJ.

- Marie Bracey by email at

- WSCC cabinet member for education, Peter Griffiths.