Sutton schools get new classes under £10 million deal as student numbers rise

Extra classes will be created at a handful of Sutton schools to meet increased demand over the next six years.

Sutton Council has approved nearly £10 million of funding to create the new places.

It comes after the Department for Education dropped plans for a 1,000-place secondary school in the borough in August. But it will go ahead with a 56-place free school for children with autism.

The council expected an extra 180 secondary school places could be needed in September 2022 and 240 the following year. It works in multiples of 30 as this is how large class sizes are.

Now, extra space is set to be created at five Sutton schools.

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This is between 30 and 50 places from 2022 until 2027 at Carshalton High School for Girls, Glenthorne High School, Oaks Park High School, Overton Grange school and St. Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls.

This will cost Council £9.3 million over the next five years. It is set to provide nearly £58,000 for the first year of a new class and nearly £29,000 a year after.

The cash will go towards creating extra classrooms and dining facilities.

The authority says that from 2028 a demand for school places is expected to reduce again.

Lead member for education and SEND, Councillor Jenny Batt, said: “It is important that the council and local schools continue to work closely together to deliver the highest level of school provision for our children and young people, which allows them to reach their full potential.

“It is good to hear about how this new funding will help our existing schools to offer more dynamic learning spaces, which are even better equipped and more suited to our children and young people.”

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