Linda Kemeny highlighted rising demand for school places in Surrey when she met Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, at the Howard of Effingham School.
Mrs Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, was joined by Mrs Morgan and Sir Paul Beresford, MP for Mole Valley, for a tour of the school in Effingham, near Guildford and a chat with staff and pupils.
Mrs Kemeny said: ‘Nicky Morgan and I talked about some key issues for education in Surrey as well as enjoying an excellent tour of the school.
‘Surrey has some of the best state schools in the country with 91 per cent of Surrey pupils now attending a school rated good or outstanding by Ofsted and I welcomed the opportunity to share this success with the Secretary of State, as well as highlighting the rising demand for school places in Surrey which means we will need to find more than 11,000 places in our primaries and secondaries over the next five years while facing a shortfall in the funds we need to create them.
‘I pressed for a fair deal for Surrey when it comes to funding for children with special educational needs and talked about some of our work in this area, including our pioneering Cullum Centres which allow children with autism to be given specialist support in mainstream schools, while also highlighting our additional investment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).’