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Plans unveiled for 270 extra school places

Plans to create an extra 270 school places to meet demand from Surrey’s rising population will be considered by the county council’s Cabinet.

A secondary school in Guildford will be expanded and an infants school in Sunbury-on-Thames will become an all-through primary under proposals being presented on 20 September.

The proposal to provide an extra 150 places at St Peter’s Catholic School in Guildford follows the expansion of several primary schools in the town to meet rising pupil numbers including St Joseph’s Catholic Primary.

Plans for Hawkedale Infants, in Sunbury-on-Thames, involve extending the school’s age range upwards so that it takes pupils up to age 11. The proposal would create an extra 120 junior places in the area.

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

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “These expansion proposals are the latest in our ongoing programme to make sure that everyone who needs a place in Surrey gets one.

“We created more than 3,000 extra school places in Surrey this year and we know we need to provide 11,000 more across the school system over the next five years but we’re short of the funds we need to create them at a time when our budgets are also under pressure from the rising number of older people needing care.”

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