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100 extra secondary school places for Guildford

Plans to expand a Guildford secondary school to create an extra 100 places have been signed off.

Guildford County School will take pupils in six forms of entry from September next year under plans approved by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet.

The extra places are needed to meet rising demand for secondary school places in Guildford following the expansion of several primaries in the town.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: ‘Growing demand for primary places in many parts of Surrey is now being felt at secondary level and this expansion will help cater for increased pupil numbers in Guildford.

‘Over the next five years, Surrey needs to find more than 11,000 extra places in primaries and secondaries but is short of the money needed to provide them at a time when budgets are also under strain from the rising number of older people needing care.’

A new teaching block and multi-use games area will be built to allow the school to cater for extra pupils.

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