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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

VIDEO: New Surrey college aims to encourage more women to join the crusade against cyber crime

A new university technical college opening in Surrey aims to encourage more women to choose careers tackling cyber crime. University Technical College Guildford – Surrey’s first UTC – will train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts to help meet growing demand from employers. With women significantly under-represented in computer science and engineering, the … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

MAP: More than 3,000 extra school places created in Surrey

More than 3,000 extra school places have been created in Surrey this year to keep pace with rising pupil numbers. As the new school year begins, Surrey County Council revealed that 2,515 extra primary places have been created and 490 additional secondary places. The 3,005 new places are enough to fill 100 additional classrooms. It … Continue reading

Surrey pupils congratulated on GCSE success

Following the release of GCSE results, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “I would like to congratulate Surrey pupils receiving their GCSE results – I’m delighted their commitment has been rewarded. Thanks are due to the teachers, parents and carers whose support lies behind these achievements. “For … Continue reading

Surrey students praised for A-level success

Following the release of A-level results, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “Many congratulations to pupils on their A-level achievements – I wish them every success in their future studies and careers and would like to thank teachers, parents and carers for the support and guidance they … Continue reading

Surrey’s primary school population has risen by more than 10,000 since 2010

Following news that Surrey’s primary school population has risen by more than 10,000 since 2010*, and by 2,200 in the last year alone*, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “These figures show the extent of demand for primary school places in Surrey over the last few years … Continue reading

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