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Surrey scheme fills 600 apprentice places in year

As hundreds of young people prepare for next week’s Surrey Opportunities Fair, the county council has revealed it has helped 600 teenagers into apprenticeships since last year’s event through a cash incentive scheme. Since 1,600 young people descended on last October’s skills fair, a raft of employers have come forward to create apprentice roles across … Continue reading

MP Philip Hammond gets progress report on new 900-place school

Picture caption: Runnymede and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond has visited Surrey County Council for a progress report on a new secondary school for 900-plus pupils at the Runnymede Centre in Addlestone. The Foreign Secretary also heard about the council’s £215 million funding gap for the 13,000 places required in the next five years. Quote: Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s … Continue reading

Plans set out to create almost 3,000 school places

Plans have been set out to create almost 3,000 extra school places by next September as the county council presses ahead with the biggest expansion project in Surrey’s history. That figure is enough to fill nine brand new two-form entry primary schools and comes after more than 4,100 extra places were created in time for … Continue reading

Save £200,000 by recycling a plastic bottle

Surrey residents are being urged to recycle one extra plastic bottle a week and save the county over £200,000 a year to go back into frontline services. Only 27 per cent of recyclable plastics – such as bottles, pots, tubs and trays – are currently being recycled in Surrey’s households, and the county council is … Continue reading

Grant extension for flood-hit Surrey householders

Surrey residents whose homes flooded last winter now have more time to apply for a Government repairs grant of up to £5,000. The county council has extended the deadline for residents and businesses to apply for the Repair and Renew grant, which was set up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to reimburse … Continue reading

School pupils sign up to libraries and green volunteers needed

Schools sign up students as Surrey library members Surrey County Council has launched a project to encourage schools to sign up their students as library members so they can access the wealth of online resources, including ebooks, and borrow library books too. St Andrew’s School pupil Lottie Buchanan won a competition to design the library … Continue reading

Pioneering autism centres to open in Surrey schools

A groundbreaking scheme between Surrey County Council and the National Autistic Society (NAS) is set to revolutionise the education of children with autism. Thanks to a tie-up between the county council, the UK’s leading autism charity and the Cullum Family Trust, four high-achieving mainstream schools are set to get the county’s first-ever centres focused on educating … Continue reading

Surrey’s 13,000 school places “just tip of iceberg” as Londoners swell population

The 13,000 school places Surrey already needs could be “just the tip of the iceberg” as Londoners escaping to the country swell the commuter county’s population. Londoners leaving the capital have spent more than £17 billion on new homes in the past year and bought one in 10 of all South East properties in the … Continue reading

Surrey echoes Public Accounts Committee’s call for better roads funding

Following this week’s report by the Public Accounts Committee calling for the Department for Transport to improve its planning and investment in Britain’s roads, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, John Furey, said: “The Public Accounts Committee is right to highlight the inadequacy of Whitehall funding for councils and the need to be efficient … Continue reading

Plans for 420 extra Surrey school places signed off

Plans to build new classrooms for 420 extra pupils at two Surrey schools have been given the go-ahead. New facilities will be built at Leatherhead’s St Peter’s Catholic Primary and St Alban’s Catholic Primary in East Molesey, providing 210 additional places at each school. Surrey needs to bridge a £215 million funding gap for the … Continue reading

Manifesto calls for Government to give South East more powers

The South East needs more powers to help drive the UK economy, according to two major groups of local authorities. Councils from across the region, including Surrey, have backed a manifesto that calls for Government to devolve more powers on funding so the South East can boost economic investment nationally. For more information, visit the … Continue reading

Downton Abbey courtroom becomes wedding venue

  Downton Abbey fans can now get married in a Surrey courtroom used in nailbiting scenes of the global TV hit. As fans wait for the period drama’s fifth series to begin this Sunday, couples can now tie the knot in the former Crown Court where the trial of valet Mr Bates was filmed in … Continue reading

Guardian features Surrey’s success in diverting young people away from crime

The Guardian today published an article about the success of a Surrey scheme that is diverting hundreds of young people away from crime.  To read the story, follow this link.

Plans to create nearly 600 more school places signed off

Plans to create nearly 600 extra places at four schools have been signed off as part of the biggest schools expansion project in Surrey’s history. The county council has given the go-ahead to boost capacity at Heathside by 150 places, add another 210 at Hinchley Wood Primary, create 90 more at Stoughton Infant and build a … Continue reading

Singapore public service leaders visit county council

Picture caption: A delegation of public service leaders from Singapore have called on the expertise of Surrey County Council. A group of 11 officials working in education, social services, health and other fields visited County Hall to learn how the authority has transformed services. Quote: Julie Fisher, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Business Services, … Continue reading

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