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Plans for 450 extra Surrey secondary school places move a step closer

Plans to create 450 extra places at two Surrey secondary schools have moved a step closer.

The proposals are the latest in a series of school expansions designed to meet demand from Surrey’s rising population.

They include plans to create extra places at St Peter’s Catholic School in Guildford and The Priory Church of England School in Dorking as the impact of rising demand for primary places moves up the school system.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, agreed plans for both expansions this month, paving the way for them to be considered by the county council’s Cabinet.

She also gave the go-ahead for an infants school in Oxted to expand from September 2016. Her decision means Downs Way will add an extra half a form of entry to become a two-form entry school creating 45 extra places by September 2017.

Mrs Kemeny said: ‘Surrey needs to find 13,000 extra places across the school system over the next five years and these expansion plans will help towards that. There is rising demand for school places in the county but we’re short of the money we need to provide them at a time when our budgets are also under pressure from the rising number of older people needing care.’

St Peter’s would become a seven-form entry school from September 2017, creating an extra 150 places for 11 to 16-year-olds by 2021, while The Priory would expand by one form of entry in September 2017 and another in September 2019, when it would become a seven-form entry school. The Priory’s two-phase expansion would create 300 extra places for 11 to 16-year-olds by 2023.

Under Surrey’s programme for creating extra school places, additional classrooms and other facilities are provided at schools as necessary.  

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