Two schools will be expanded and a split-site school will be amalgamated into one under plans approved by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet.
*St Bede’s School will be expanded to create 300 much-needed extra secondary places in the Redhill area.
*Ewell Grove Infants and Nursery School will become an all-through primary to create an extra 240 junior places in Ewell as part of a wider reorganisation of primary schools in the area.
*Chart Wood School, which caters for pupils with social and emotional needs, will operate from a single site in Dorking in a purpose-built new building instead of from its current two sites.
*Chart Wood’s Merstham site has been earmarked for a new free school catering for 900 secondary pupils to meet growing demand for places in Reigate and Redhill, with a further proposal to open a 420-pupil primary on the same site currently being considered by the Department for Education.
Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “Growing demand for school places means that Surrey needs to create an extra 11,000 over the next five years and these projects are important steps towards that goal.
“At a time when our finances are also under huge pressure from rising demand for other services such as adult social care, we need to be properly funded to provide the additional school places that are required across the county.”