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Snow falls across Surrey

  With snow falling across parts of Surrey, the council’s fleet of gritters has been out spreading salt on the county’s roads. Surrey County Council stockpiled 12,500 tonnes of salt ahead of the winter and has a fleet of 37 gritters to help keep the county moving, while an army of farmers equipped with spreaders … Continue reading

Gritters ready as snow forecast for the weekend

With temperatures set to drop and snow forecast in Surrey over the weekend, our gritters will be going out spreading salt over the weekend starting at 4am on Saturday morning. Surrey County Council stockpiled 14,500 tonnes of salt ahead of the winter and has a fleet of 39 gritters to help keep the county moving, … 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

Record applications for school places

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

BBC Surrey interview with Linda Kemeny about schools funding

Listen to the county council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement Linda Kemeny discuss funding for schools most in need with BBC Surrey presenters James Cannon and Suzanne Bamborough. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Thousands of Surrey motorists hit road as summer holidays come to end

Thousands of extra motorists hit Surrey’s roads in the rush hour as the summer holidays end and children return to school, figures reveal. According to the latest county council statistics for 25 roads across Surrey*, traffic rose by more than 13% in September compared to the previous month. They show that an average of nearly 37,000 vehicles … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Winner of the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award announced; Towpath safety reminder

Winner of the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award announced Award-winning author Jennifer Gray came out on top in the fifth annual Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award with her fantastic book Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods. The award celebrates the best fiction written for seven to nine year olds and saw 300 children, … Continue reading

Plans to create more than 400 extra Surrey school places signed off

Plans to create more than 400 extra places at three Surrey schools have been signed off. That is enough pupils to fill a brand new two-form entry primary school. The county council’s Cabinet approved proposals to expand St Francis Catholic Primary in Caterham (105 extra places), The Greville Primary in Ashtead (210 additional places) and Manby … Continue reading

School pupils sign up to libraries and green volunteers needed

Schools sign up students as Surrey library members Surrey County Council has launched a project to encourage schools to sign up their students as library members so they can access the wealth of online resources, including ebooks, and borrow library books too. St Andrew’s School pupil Lottie Buchanan won a competition to design the library … Continue reading

Pioneering autism centres to open in Surrey schools

A groundbreaking scheme between Surrey County Council and the National Autistic Society (NAS) is set to revolutionise the education of children with autism. Thanks to a tie-up between the county council, the UK’s leading autism charity and the Cullum Family Trust, four high-achieving mainstream schools are set to get the county’s first-ever centres focused on educating … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview on school places and funding pressures

Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny was interviewed today by BBC Surrey’s James Cannon about the 4,100 extra classroom places created for the new academic year and the £215 million funding gap that the county council is finding harder and harder to fill. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

More than 4,100 new places created as council faces £215m funding gap

As schools open after the summer break with space for more than 4,100 extra pupils, Surrey County Council has warned that plugging a £215 million funding gap for 13,000 further places is becoming increasingly tough. Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “I’m pleased we have ensured more than 4,100 additional pupils can learn … 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

VIDEO: World Cup footballer Luke Shaw’s school report revealed

As England prepares to take on Italy in Brazil, World Cup footballer Luke Shaw’s school report has been revealed. Feel free to embed the video.  

More than 80% of Surrey’s schools rated outstanding or good

More than 80% of Surrey’s state schools are outstanding or good, according to the latest figures. Statistics show that 313 of Surrey County Council’s primary and secondary schools were given the two best grades. Ofsted judged 100 schools outstanding and another 213 were rated good. The county council is responsible for 384 schools. Linda Kemeny, … Continue reading

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