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Council gives the green light to more primary school places 23.02.12

One of the borough's most over-subscribed schools has been given the green-light to expand, providing much-needed extra primary school places.

Sutton Council's Development Control Committee has granted planning permission to expand All Saints Church of England School in Carshalton.

The expansion will see the popular school increase from one to two forms of entry, providing more places for local children.

An extra class of 30 children will start at the school, which Ofsted says is "good with outstanding features", in September 2012.

Chair of Governors Reverend Dr John Thewlis said: ""We are grateful that our school has been given this opportunity to serve even more local families. We try very hard to support our children, and to give them the best education we can. The extra places will help us do all that even better."

Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "This is great news for parents of young children in Carshalton. All Saints is a very popular school and, with rising demand for primary school places across the borough, it's absolutely crucial we are able to provide places for children at local schools.

 "In response to the pressures on our primary schools we expanded five on time and on budget in time for last September. We will expand another five, including All Saints, in time for next year and we are looking into providing more primary school places at the former Stanley Park High School site.

"Of course these children will all need secondary school places in the coming years, and I am continuing to lobby the Department for Education for more funding to make sure we can continue to provide permanent school places as the pupils move up through the schools."

A traffic survey revealed nearby roads will be able to cope with the projected increase in traffic. The school's sustainable travel plan is judged to be "outstanding" and at present around 80 per cent of pupils walk or cycle to the school.  

Sutton saw the highest increase in birth rates in London between 2008 and 2009, so the council has been able to anticipate a spike in demand, beginning in September 2012. Another four schools will expand in time for the start of the school year in September, providing a further 120 extra places.

Sutton's primary schools celebrated some of the best SATs results in the country last year, coming number three in the national league tables. The borough also recorded the best GCSE results in the country.

Last updated: Friday, 16 March 2012

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