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Time to apply for West Sussex primary school places

WSCC Press Release — 5th October 2022

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 fulfill 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: [email protected] or the admissions team south: [email protected]

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

Cuckfield Skate Jam event is back on!

Village News — 5th October 2022

Come along to Cuckfield Skatepark on Wednesday 26th October 10am to 3pm.

Cuckfield Skate Jam October 2022

Smokers encouraged to join Stoptober

WSCC Press Release — 4th October 2022

Stoptober is back, calling on smokers in West Sussex to join more than 2.5 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago in 2012.

Smoking remains the number one cause of preventable illness and premature death in England and is a major risk factor for cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illness. With approximately 77,000 adult smokers in West Sussex, we’re encouraging everyone to have conversations about smoking and promote the free support available to help people quit.

This year's Stoptober mass quit attempt is as important as ever, with quitting being one of the best things a smoker can do for their health. That’s why this year’s Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to join the thousands of others who are giving quitting a go for the month of October – making it to 28 days smoke free means you’re five times as likely to quit for good.

Smokers can find free help and support on the Stop Smoking services page on the West Sussex Wellbeing website.

Quitting will allow you to start moving better, breathe more easily - and save you more money. On average smokers spend £38.59 a week on tobacco. That means they could save around £2,000 a year by quitting.[1]

Quitting with others, together with the range of support offered, means that Stoptober can trigger resolve and boost confidence, motivation and readiness, making smokers realise that they are stronger and better prepared than they think and setting them up for long term success.

Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said: "Stoptober presents a great opportunity for people who have been thinking about giving up smoking to take on the challenge. Not only will they notice the health benefits immediately, but financially they will be better off, at a time when many people are struggling with their finances.

"I would encourage smokers in West Sussex who want to quit to take advantage of the free help and support available as research shows that smokers are three times more likely to quit with the help of a stop smoking advisor."

Bus It!

WSCC Press Release — 4th October 2022

Every day, thousands of people across West Sussex use buses. Buses are a sustainable way to travel and help you...

  • Save money on fuel and transport running costs
  • Keep in touch with friends and family
  • Travel to school, work or the shops
  • Maintain your independence

We’ve pulled together all you need to know in this special newsletter, including two fantastic opportunities to win £100 supermarket vouchers and an invitation to let us know what you think about bus travel in West Sussex!

Get onboard for new adventures!

Where will you travel by bus? We have some great tips and ideas of where to visit by bus on our Experience West Sussex website. 

Then check your most convenient bus routes and timetables using our handy route planner below. We also have a page with the latest discounts on bus and coach travel.

Pensioners apply for or renew, your free bus pass!

Residents who are of state pension age (currently 66+) can travel off-peak free of charge on local buses anywhere in England as far and as often as they like.

Apply for or renew your pass before 16 December 2022 and you will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win £100 of supermarket vouchers.*

Jaki (73) from Petworth said: “Using my free bus pass has many benefits. I still work twice a week and the free bus pass saves me on car parking costs, petrol and car wear and tear. It’s more relaxing than driving and means I don’t have to travel on my own. It’s also very sociable and you get to meet all sorts of people".

Apply now online at or call 0330 222 6222.

Disabled residents can also find information online. *Your need to be 65+ and living in West Sussex to take part. Winner announced week commencing 19 December.

Take part in our ‘Bus It!’ survey and you could win £100 of supermarket vouchers

We're seeking feedback from all West Sussex residents aged over 65.
Whether you love traveling on the bus and use them all the time, or perhaps you aren't a convert yet, we want to hear from you.
Our survey is open until 4 November 2022 and all participants will have the option to be entered into a free prize draw to win £100 worth of supermarket vouchers.
For more information about free bus passes for older people, the survey or the  competition's Terms & Conditions visit:
*You need to be 65+ and living in West Sussex to take part. Winner will be announced week commencing 14 November 2022.

Bus It 2022

FREE TRAINING - How to use a Defribrillator

Health — 4th October 2022

Cuckfield Parish Council in association with Andersson First Aid Training are running a free course on 

‘How to use a Defibrillator’

Venue: in the Council Chamber at the Queen’s Hall

On: Wednesday 19th October 2022

At: 7.30pm 

If you would like to register your attendance please email [email protected]

Defib Poster Cuckfield