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Pupil places plan unveiled as council gives sneak preview of new school

An artist’s impressions of the planned new Cranmere School buildings

Plans have been set out to create 210 new places for Epsom pupils as part of the biggest school investment programme in Surrey’s history.

Surrey County Council has revealed proposals to boost capacity at St Martin’s Infant School by 90 places and add another 120 at the junior school at the same site.

The news came as the council unveiled artist’s impressions of the new Cranmere School planned for Esher, which will create space for an extra 210 pupils and a 70-place nursery.

Both are part of Surrey’s investment programme to create up to 16,000 school places over the next decade to meet a surge in demand for places following a 20% rise in birth rates.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “We have experienced a big rise in demand for places at our excellent schools and this surge is continuing, which is why we have embarked on Surrey’s biggest ever expansion programme to create the 16,000 classroom places we need to find.”

Details of the latest planned investment in Epsom are contained in a report being considered by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday (28 May).

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