Plans to expand a Farnham secondary school to create an extra 150 places have been approved at a meeting of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet.
A new sports hall and other facilities will be provided at Farnham Heath End School to help meet rising demand for secondary places in the Farnham area. More information is available here.
Mary Lewis, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Not only will this project create 150 much-needed secondary school places in the local area, it will also provide far better facilities for pupils including a new sports hall and make the school more inclusive through access improvements.
“We’ve created 18,000 extra school places across Surrey over the last seven years and still need to provide thousands more but Government funding falls significantly short of the amount needed to provide those places.
“The shortfall in funds for creating new school places will exceed £100million by the end of the decade which is why we’re continuing to demand fair funding for Surrey from the Government.”
John Winter, Chief Executive Officer of Weydon Multi Academy Trust, which includes Farnham Heath End School, said: “I am delighted to have secured this funding for the Farnham Heath End expansion project. It allows the Trust to put in place a planned improvement and expansion project at the school which will result in fantastic new facilities for students, staff and the wider community. This includes a new sports hall, English department and a new library.
“These new buildings will greatly enhance the school and we believe, bring the environment in line with the aspirations we have for the school as a whole.”
Pupil numbers will increase year-on-year beginning in September 2018 until the school reaches its new capacity. Works are set to begin next year.