Primary Expansion Programme
Education services are now provided by Cognus Limited
The council aims to provide a high standard of education and training for everyone and has a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places in the borough.
The council takes into account Greater London Authority (GLA) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) demographic projections when undertaking this function.
Births in Sutton 2002-2014, Office of National Statistics
In practice, it is a difficult task to attempt to predict with any certainty the need for primary and secondary school places and the further out the timescale, the less accurate projections may become.
The table above shows that the number of births in Sutton has risen from 2,131 in 2002 to 2,568 in 2007 and up to 2,751 in 2014. As a result, the demand for primary school places in Sutton has increased significantly over this period. 21 of the borough’s primary schools have (or are in the process of being permanently expanded), with a number of schools also admitting “bulge classes” in that period.
The table below summarises those schools that have expanded since 2009 as well as those schools where there are plans to expand (subject to relevant approvals - e.g. planning permission, funding, Committee approval).
Where a school is maintained by the Local Authority (e.g. not an Academy), all consultations and further information on school expansions can be found on the Council’s Consultation Hub.
|School name||Year||Number of extra places|
|All Saints Benhilton||2012||175|
|All Saints Carshalton||2012||175|
|Bandon Hill - Wood Field||2013||840|
|Barrow Hedges Primary||2009||210|
|Beddington Park Primary||2011||210|
|Cheam Common Infants||2012||90|
|Cheam Common Junior||2015||120|
|St Elphege's Infant||2012||90|
|St Elphege's Junior||2015||120|
|St Mary's Infants||2012||90|
|St Mary's Juniors||2015||120|
|Cheam Park Farm Infants*||2016||45|
|Cheam Park Farm Junior*||2018||60|
|Hackbridge Primary School*||2017/18||210|
|Westbourne Primary School*||2017/18||210|
* = schools where expansions have been proposed but where all the necessary permissions are not yet in place (e.g. funding, planning permission).