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Surrey leader unveils new Cabinet team

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today unveiled his new Cabinet team. John Furey is the new Deputy Leader with Colin Kemp taking over responsibility for highways. Newly elected county councillor Tim Oliver will cover property and business services and Denise Turner-Stewart will oversee the communities portfolio. Below is a list of the new Cabinet … Continue reading

Six in seven Surrey pupils offered their first choice primary school

Six in seven Surrey applicants for reception class places this September have been offered their first choice school. Figures from Surrey County Council for national primary school offer day show that 86 per cent of applicants were offered the school they put first on their list – up from 82 per cent last year. Primary … Continue reading

MAP: Surrey school projects approved by council’s Cabinet  

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 … Continue reading

Record applications for Surrey secondary school places

Surrey has offered five out of six applicants their first preference secondary school after demand for places reached a record high. Eighty-four per cent were given the school they put first on their list and 94 per cent were offered one of their top three preferred schools. The number applying for secondary school places this … Continue reading

MAP: Surrey County Council outlines plans to expand 11 schools this year to meet rising demand

Surrey County Council has outlined plans to expand 11 schools from September to meet rising demand for places. The projects are set to deliver almost 1,700 extra places across seven primary and four secondary schools. Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “We know that 11,000 extra school … Continue reading

Primary school performance tables: Surrey is a top performer

Surrey is among the top-performing councils in national tests for 11-year-olds, according to an official breakdown of results. Sixty per cent of pupils at Surrey primary schools reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths compared with a national average of 54 per cent and a South East average of 55 per cent. It … Continue reading

Philip Hammond MP officially opens extension to Weybridge school

Chancellor Philip Hammond, the MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, has officially opened a new building at Manby Lodge Infant School. The expansion is part of Surrey’s county-wide programme to meet a rise in demand for school places and ensure children continue to have the facilities they need for the best possible education. Linda Kemeny, Surrey … Continue reading

Record applications for secondary school places

Applications for places at Surrey secondary schools next September have reached a new high. Surrey County Council received 11,392 secondary school applications by the 31 October closing date* – 260 more than last year. The number of applications has risen steadily in recent years, with 1,343 more applying this year than in 2012. The increase … Continue reading

Surrey schools within five miles of London lose out on £30million

Half of Surrey children go to school within five miles of a London borough – and miss out on £30million funding compared to pupils in the capital. Surrey receives £450 less per pupil from the Government than the average for London boroughs bordering the county even though schools either side of the boundary serve virtually … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey features UTC Guildford

Listen to BBC Surrey talk to Linda Kemeny, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, and Professor Paul Hogg, Vice Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as robotics students at Royal Holloway, about plans for Surrey’s first university technical college. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Specialist autism centre opens at Surrey school

Around 50 students, staff and parents gathered at Hinchley Wood School in Esher, Surrey, this week to mark the formal opening of the latest National Autistic Society Cullum Centre. It’s the third of four purpose-built specialist centres the charity and Surrey County Council are opening in the area, thanks to generous financial support from the … Continue reading

Ciphers, robots and building your own internet: Surrey’s university technical college will equip students for jobs of the future

Decoding encrypted messages, making robots and building internets from scratch are some of the tasks students will be able to tackle at Surrey’s first university technical college. The college will open in Guildford to train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts. Students will specialise in either computer science or engineering – … Continue reading

Surrey schools attract thousands of pupils from outside the county

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 … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on successes, challenges and opportunities

David Hodge used today’s Full Council meeting to talk about the successes of his five years as Surrey County Council’s leader, the challenges the authority faces and the opportunities for health and social care services.

VIDEO: Surrey schools losing out to their London neighbours

Surrey schools close to London are being penalised to the tune of millions of pounds in funding compared to schools in the capital – even though they may be less than a mile apart and face the same challenges. These schools are often just streets apart and serve virtually identical communities but London boroughs bordering … Continue reading

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