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VIDEO: Surrey leader heralds savings, calls for spiralling demand to be recognised and stresses the need for devolution

Leader David Hodge used a Full Council meeting today to herald savings and call on the government to recognise spiralling demand for adult social care and school places while also emphasising the need to devolve more services for the benefit of Surrey’s residents.

Reception and junior school places

Following the release of information on primary school places for September, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “Although the number of pupils applying for primary places in September rose by more than 400 this year, we’re pleased so many have got into a school they wanted. “But it’s getting … Continue reading

£41m of extra school places funding is “step in the right direction” – Surrey leader

Following the Government’s announcement that Surrey County Council has been awarded more than £41 million in extra funding over the next two years for a ‘significant and unexpected’ increase in demand for school places, leader David Hodge said: “We have pushed long and hard for a fair settlement with the help of Surrey MPs and … Continue reading

Plans for 420 extra Surrey school places approved

To download images, go to flickr.com/surreynews Plans for 420 extra school places at two Surrey primary schools have been signed off. Classroom capacity at Sayes Court in Addlestone and The Hythe, Egham, will be boosted by 210 places each under proposals approved by the Cabinet. Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, … Continue reading

Increase in primary applications enough to fill new school

The increase in the number of applications for primary school places in Surrey adds up to enough pupils for a multi-million pound school. Surrey County Council has received 466 more primary applications for next September than a year ago. That is the equivalent of filling a new two-form entry primary that would cost at least £6 … Continue reading

Surrey leader – local taxpayers “no longer” to be saddled with “enormous” cost for school places

Highlights from David Hodge’s statement on school places at today’s Cabinet meeting: Surrey facing a “crisis” over school places pressure Council to stop borrowing tens of millions to fund expansion Status quo would mean Surrey borrowing more than £200m over the next five years – money the county would not pay off for more than … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Sneak peek of planned school revamps

  Visit flickr.com/surreynews to download the pictures.   These are the first artists’ impressions of how two expanded schools will look under plans to create more than 550 extra places. They show the proposed extensions at Connaught Junior in Bagshot (120 places) and St Alban’s Primary, West Molesey (210). The county council’s Cabinet is set … Continue reading

Surrey faces £54 million funding gap for September’s 3,000 extra school places

Leader David Hodge today revealed that Surrey County Council is facing bridging a £54 million funding shortfall to deliver 3,000 extra school places for next September – nearly double the gap plugged this year. Mr Hodge told a meeting of the Full Council that expected government funding of £30m for the next academic year will be well short of the … Continue reading

Plans set out to create almost 3,000 school places

Plans have been set out to create almost 3,000 extra school places by next September as the county council presses ahead with the biggest expansion project in Surrey’s history. That figure is enough to fill nine brand new two-form entry primary schools and comes after more than 4,100 extra places were created in time for … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes changes to special educational need support but calls for proper funding

Following today’s Government announcement about reforms to services for children with special educational needs and disabilities, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “The reforms announced by the Government today will provide important support to our young people with special educational needs and we are delighted to have played a role … Continue reading

Plans unveiled for 3,800 extra Surrey school places

Plans have been unveiled to create around 3,800 new Surrey school places in the next academic year. That is the equivalent of building around nine brand new two-form entry primary schools. Surrey County Council aims to expand 20 schools in time for the return from the 2015 summer holiday. It came as the council’s Cabinet signed off … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Sneak peek of 630-place Surrey primary

After plans to completely rebuild a primary for 630 pupils were agreed, Surrey County Council unveiled artist’s impressions of how the revamped school will look. Cranmere Primary in Esher will be expanded next to the current school to provide an extra 210 places as part of the biggest investment programme in Surrey’s history to meet growing … Continue reading

VIDEO: Extra 160 school places as future demand set out

Plans to create space for 160 more pupils at Spelthorne Primary School were signed off as the county council’s Cabinet unveiled a document setting out likely demand for places in Surrey in the coming years. The School Organisation Plan was discussed as the Cabinet pressed on with the biggest investment programme in Surrey’s history by approving … Continue reading

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