Labour has welcomed moves by the Greens running the city council to allow plans for a new school to go ahead.
Labour Lead Councillor for Education Councillor Anne Pissaridou said:
We have been saying for years that the Greens needed to do something about the urgent need for a new secondary school. They pledged in their manifesto to build one but ideology has stopped them. Now at the very last minute before the local elections they have done a dramatic u-turn and said they are in favour of setting up a new free school run by the University of Brighton, something their hard-line supporters will find difficult to swallow.
Labour has said that its preferred option would be a new secondary built and run by the city council under new powers that would be granted by the incoming Labour government. However the need is urgent so we will not obstruct this plan going forward with a non-for-profit education sector sponsor.
The needs of pupils and their families must come first and we will work with the University after May if elected to deliver a new school as soon as possible.
The report proposing the new secondary school has been published and will be discussed at the Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday 19 March. The report is publicly available here.