Pupils from outside Surrey have swelled the county’s school population by 2,000 – enough to fill a primary and secondary school.
Figures show that 3,200 pupils living outside county boundaries had places at Surrey primary schools and 2,700 Surrey pupils went to primaries outside the county, giving a net influx of 500 – the equivalent of a large primary school.
At secondary level, 4,900 pupils came from outside the county and 3,400 Surrey pupils went to school elsewhere, increasing pupil numbers by 1,500 – enough to fill a large secondary.
It means out of county pupils boosted Surrey school rolls by 2,000, according to latest Department for Education school population figures for the 2015/16 academic year. This is the equivalent of more than 60 classrooms.
Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “With 93 per cent of Surrey schools rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, the county continues to attract significant numbers of pupils from outside our boundaries.
“As well as strong demand for school places from outside the county, there are rising pupil numbers within Surrey and we will continue to make sure every Surrey child who needs a place gets one.
“We know we need to provide an extra 11,000 primary and secondary school places to meet demand over the next five years but face a shortfall of tens of millions of pounds in the funds we need to create them, at a time when rising demand for elderly care is also stretching our budgets.”