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86% of Surrey pupils offered their first choice primary school

Eighty-six per cent of Surrey children who applied for Reception Class places this year were offered their first choice school. Almost all applicants – 96 per cent – were allocated one of their top three preferred schools. Mary Lewis, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to offer … Continue reading

84% of Surrey pupils offered their first choice secondary school despite rise in applications

Surrey has offered five out of six applicants their first preference secondary school despite an eight per cent rise in applications. The county council processed 851 more applications this year than last – enough to fill an entire new secondary school. Figures for secondary school “national offer day” show: *83.6% of Surrey applicants were offered … Continue reading

Proposal unveiled for Runnymede all-weather pitch to help secure multi-million pound secondary school

A plan to build an all-weather sports pitch to help secure funding for a new multi-million pound secondary school in Runnymede will be considered by the county council’s Cabinet. The proposal would provide new sports grounds for Chertsey High School, a new free school helping to meet growing demand for school places in Runnymede. It … Continue reading

Plans signed off for 150 more secondary school places in Farnham

Plans to expand a Farnham secondary school to create an extra 150 places have been approved at a meeting of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet. A new sports hall and other facilities will be provided at Farnham Heath End School to help meet rising demand for secondary places in the Farnham area. More information is available here. … Continue reading

Plans for more than 550 extra school places signed off

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet has approved plans for more than 550 extra school places to be created in Spelthorne and Tandridge. Plans to expand three schools were approved at a meeting on Tuesday 26 September – a secondary in Ashford, a secondary in Caterham and a junior school in Oxted. An extra 300 places are … Continue reading

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

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