Young people

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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

ROUND-UP: Farm Project recognised for helping young people; Work underway to improve road safety

Farm Project recognised for helping young people A Surrey County Council project where disadvantaged young people get hands-on work experience with animals and farming has been named as one of the best in the country at the Children and Young People Now Awards. The Farm Project, in Outwood, Tandridge, provides a relaxed atmosphere to help … Continue reading

VIDEO: Mental health service for children and young people recognised with national award

An out of hours mental health support service for 11-18 year olds in Surrey has been honoured at the first ever Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) Positive Practice Awards.  The Extended Hope service provides out of hours telephone support seven days per week for young people experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey foster carer on standby over Christmas is ready with extra presents under the tree

Cindy is among the council’s unsung heroes who will be working to ensure Surrey residents are supported over the festive period. She is on duty as a foster carer to provide stability and support to a child who may be in need of a loving home over Christmas.

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

Sniffer dogs to take centre stage at roadshows highlighting illegal tobacco trade

Specially trained sniffer dog Phoebe will showcase her skills at roadshows around Surrey to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco. Phoebe (pictured) will join trading standards and public health teams in Redhill, Woking, Staines and Guildford next week as part of a crackdown on the counterfeit tobacco trade. The roadshows aim to raise awareness of … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on savings and better deals

Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of Cabinet today to stress the need for the county council to save more than £100 million this financial year alone to balance the budget while also highlighting planned new contracts for carers that will see support provided to an extra 300 young people at no extra cost … Continue reading

First-of-its-kind scheme to support South East armed forces community wins £321,000

A ground-breaking scheme to help military personnel access public services has secured £321,000 in funding after Surrey joined forces with councils, clinical groups and forces charities around the South East. The grant from the Ministry of Defence is aimed at making it easier for servicemen and women, as well as reservists and veterans, to access … Continue reading

VIDEO: Foster families back call for 100 more foster carers in Surrey

Foster families are backing a push to recruit 100 more foster carers to help transform children’s lives in Surrey. Alison, of Walton-on-Thames, has fostered more than 50 children over the past 12 years. She said: “Get in touch and find out if fostering is for you. Seeing the difference you can make to young people … 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

Fostering events in Surrey

Potential foster carers can find out more about the role at a series of events being held by Surrey County Council. Children’s authors Carolyn Robertson and James Craker will be talking about how their experiences of fostering and adoption influenced their writing in an event at Woking Library on Wednesday 10 May. The free event … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey book award shortlist revealed; Consultation on boundary review proposals

Surrey book award shortlist revealed The shortlist for an annual book award which is decided by children from 10 Surrey primary schools has been revealed by the county council’s library service. The Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award celebrates the best fiction for readers aged seven to nine. The five books shortlisted this year are: • … Continue reading

Nicola Adams inspires young riders to take up 46-mile challenge

Two-time Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams OBE today joined students and teachers from Teach First, the social mobility charity tackling educational inequality, at the Lee Valley VeloPark for the official launch of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Adams is taking on the challenge of cycling the 46 mile … Continue reading

VIDEO: 65p in every council pound goes on children and adults’ wellbeing

As demand for critical services continues to rise, Surrey leader David Hodge has revealed that almost two thirds of the county council’s spending goes on the wellbeing of adults and children – 65 pence in every pound. In the video below he points to the number of older people needing the highest level of care … Continue reading


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