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Thousands attracted to high quality Surrey schools

Surrey’s high-performing schools are attracting thousands of children from outside the county, according to new figures.

With 92% of Surrey secondary schools now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, figures from Surrey County Council show that 8,300 pupils in Surrey schools live outside its boundaries.

At the same time, the number of Surrey children going to school outside the county is 5,600, giving a net influx of 2,700 pupils.

The strong performance of Surrey schools was underlined in official school-by-school results tables issued by the Government last week.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said: ‘Surrey has some of the best state schools in the country and it’s clear that the high quality education they offer continues to attract large numbers from outside the county.

‘Surrey needs to find 13,000 extra places in the coming years and unprecedented demand has left the council with a £215 million funding shortfall.

‘With the county’s taxpayers contributing £6billion to the national coffers every year and getting less than a billion back in funding for services, it’s time Whitehall gave Surrey’s schools a fairer deal.’

Figures from Ofsted inspections show that 92 per cent of Surrey secondary schools are rated good or outstanding – the watchdog’s highest two ratings.

A report on education performance outcomes in Surrey was presented to a meeting of the county council’s Cabinet today.

It says that, at all levels of education, Surrey continues to outperform the England average on most key measures.

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