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Sutton School Expansion Programme

New Secondary School by 2018 (Sutton Hospital Site)


The old hospital site has now been cleared and construction of the new school has begun.

Colleagues from The London Borough of Sutton, Willmott Dixon (contractor), The Harris Federation, The Institute of Cancer Research and Architype met on site at our groundbreaking event on 30 November 2017.

Niall Bolger, LBS Chief Executive and Councillor Ruth Dombey  both spoke at  the event - on the need for a new school in the borough to accommodate the rise in pupil numbers and the importance of the relationship between the school and the London Cancer Hub. Further information can be found on this recent press release Sutton’s new secondary school will be built on the former Sutton Hospital Site, and forms part of the London Cancer Hub proposals.

The new school will open this September 2018, the first academic year will be in temporary accommodation. Cumbrian house is an existing building on the hospital site that  is being refurbished to provide accommodation and facilities required for the first intake of year 7 students.

The planning approval for Cumbrian House was granted at Planning Committee 15 November.  Work on site commenced on 12 February 2018.

The proposal for the new secondary school was given planning approval at Planning committee on 29th June 2017 and Planning consent issued on 31st August.

The main school building will be completed and a handover of the site will take place in the summer of 2019, in preparation for the September 2019 intake of year 7 and 8 pupils.

Harris Federation

Harris Federation are appointed by the Department for Education as the new school’s Free School provider. The Harris Federation currently run 44 primary and secondary academies in and around London and every one of their academies, which has been assessed by Ofsted has received and Ofsted Judgment of either a 'good' or 'outstanding', with over 67% of all students achieved a grade 4-9 in both English and Mathematics combined, with 246 English and Mathematics grades at the new ‘super grade’ of 9 in last years GCSE’s.

The new school will be a fully comprehensive school, non selective on admission providing 11-19 secondary school education with a sixth form. The school will be 6 forms of entry admitting 195 pupils a year - 1275 in total (including 6th form).

The Harris Federation have published the new school’s brochure and further information can be found on the Harris Federation website.

The Borough's vision for the school is, to provide outstanding education in an innovative and inclusive learning environment. The school will have a science specialism - particularly Health and Life Sciences with the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital as main employer partners. The school will offer an outstanding education to its pupils delivered through a wide ranging curriculum.

Applying for a school place

The new school was available to families to apply for a place in September 2018. Online applications for secondary school places has now closed. National Offer Day will be 1 March 2018. Further information on applying for a school place can be found on the Sutton Website.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the new school please contact us at:

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