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.
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
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 County Council leader David Hodge told today’s meeting of Full Council that addressing budget pressures will be his “number one challenge” over the coming years as demand for services like adult social care and school places continues to spiral.
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
More than four in five Surrey reception class applicants have been offered their first preference school as demand for places reaches a new high. Figures from Surrey County Council on primary school ‘national offer day’ show that 82.4% of Surrey pupils were offered the school they put first on their list – down slightly on … Continue reading
Plans to expand a Guildford secondary school to create an extra 100 places have been signed off. Guildford County School will take pupils in six forms of entry from September next year under plans approved by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet. The extra places are needed to meet rising demand for secondary school places in Guildford … Continue reading
Plans to create an extra 360 primary school places in Ewell have been signed off. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet approved plans to make Danetree Junior an all-through primary school catering for pupils aged four to 11, with an attached nursery. The expansion is part of a wider reorganisation of primary schools in Ewell aimed at … Continue reading
Linda Kemeny highlighted rising demand for school places in Surrey when she met Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, at the Howard of Effingham School. Mrs Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, was joined by Mrs Morgan and Sir Paul Beresford, MP for Mole Valley, for a … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has received a record number of applications for school places this year. More than 13,800 applications for primary school places in September were submitted by the January 15 closing date – 215 more than a year ago.* The increase adds up to enough pupils to fill a new one-form entry primary school. … Continue reading
Plans to expand a Reigate infants school and make another an all-through primary have moved a step closer. The expansions would create an extra 342 primary places across the two schools and are aimed at meeting rising demand for school places in Reigate and the surrounding area. Dovers Green School currently caters for 168 four … Continue reading
More than 3,500 extra school places have been created in Surrey this year to meet a growth in demand from rising birth rates. Schools will have space for 3,549 extra pupils when they open this week after the summer break – the equivalent of eight brand new two-form entry primaries. It brings the total number of … Continue reading
Following the release of GCSE results, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: ‘Congratulations to pupils on their excellent results – I’m delighted their commitment and hard work has been rewarded. I would like to thank teachers, parents and carers for all the support they provided. ‘State schools … Continue reading
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.
Following the release today of the Airports Commission’s report on expanding capacity, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “While we recognise the economic case for expanding either Heathrow or Gatwick, we can only support expansion if it is accompanied by the necessary investment in local infrastructure and environmental issues are addressed. … Continue reading