Anger over school plan

Parents opposed to Westdene expansion
Parents oppose moves to increase school to 650 pupils Photo: ITV Meridian

Plans to expand a school in Sussex to cope with a shortage of primary places are dividing a community. Council leaders in Brighton and Hove have to provide an extra 120 places for four and five year olds this September due to rising demand.

It's part of a national crisis caused by rising birth rates - some say it's the biggest issue to have faced our schools in decades.

Our education correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

The interviewees are parents leading the campaign against expansion at Westdene Primary, Brighton & Hove council's education spokesperson Cllr Sue Shanks (Green party), and mums Sylvia Taylor and Suzanne Jarrett whose children are likely to benefit from the expansion.