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A new secondary school for Elmbridge

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A new secondary school for Elmbridge

Published at 4:19pm 15th September 2017.

Elmbridge is getting a new secondary school...

Heathside Walton-on-Thames will be built between Walton and Molesey at the junction between Terrace Road and Waterside Drive.

But it needs to get planning permission first.

What will the school be like?

Non-selective, non-faith based mixed Secondary School for children aged 11-16.

The new school will be called Heathside Walton-on-Thames and will be a state funded Free School.

It will grow year-on-year, opening its doors initially to year 7 students.

What is a Free School?

Free Schools are new State funded academies. The first opened in 2011 and there are now 345 open.

They are not under the control of the Local Authority and are funded directly by the Department for Education.

Surrey Local Authority’s Schools Commissioning Department is supportive of this new school.

Who is opening the school? What is the ElmWey Learning Trust?

The school will be part of the ElmWey Learning Trust, which operates Heathside School Weybridge. Heathside Weybridge is a very successful secondary school, highly ranked in terms of student progress and attainment and is always oversubscribed.

For the ElmWey Trust, the most important feature of Heathside Walton-on-Thames is that it replicates the ethos and standards already achieved at Heathside Weybridge.

Why is the school being opened?

To provide an excellent standard of education for the growing number of secondary school students in the Borough, a need that cannot be met by existing schools even with other planned expansions.

What is the ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency)?

The ESFA is an agency of the Department for Education. When new Free Schools are given permission to be developed, the ESFA leads on site and premises provision.

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