New Elmbridge free school opening pushed back a year after data shows it’s not needed

February 9, 2019
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The opening of a new secondary school in Elmbridge has been pushed back by a year after new data shows it will not be needed as quickly as first thought.

Heathside Walton, a proposed Free School which would be run by the operators of the Heathside School in Weybridge, ElmWey Learning Trust, had originally been scheduled to open in 2020.

The school would provide spaces for up to 900 children in the north of the borough, but new data from Surrey County Council on the number of children at nearby primary schools shows the school is not needed until September 2021.

This new data, combined with a delay in accessing the site and submitting a planning application, has led the DfE to revise the school’s “realistic opening date” to September 2021.

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The school was originally announced by departing Prime Minister David Cameron in July 2016 with an opening date of September 2019, but as of yet a planning application has not been submitted.

In a statement on the project’s website, ElmWey said it was committed to working with those impacted by the school to make sure it was built and functioning in time.

“ElmWey Learning Trust and the team behind Heathside Walton will continue to work closely with the local community, Elmbridge Borough Council, Surrey County Council and other stakeholders to bring about the opening of the school in time for the first Year 7 pupils to start in 2021,” it said.

A planning application for the project is expected to be submitted to the council in the coming months, with the application going before the planning committee at some point in the summer.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/new-elmbridge-free-school-opening-15791341


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