The Bourne Education Trust is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) set up to formalise the working relationship between Epsom and Ewell and Jubilee High Schools. Since September 2013 the MAT has grown to incorporate Pyrcroft Grange and Sayes Court primary schools as sponsored academies and Sythwood School as a strategic partner. Epsom and Ewell High School is the academy sponsor within the Trust and a national support school. Alex Russell, its headteacher, is a national leader of education.
Supporting the work of the trust is Salesian School. It is an 11 – 18 year Catholic comprehensive school in Chertsey, Surrey. Salesian has recently been graded as an outstanding school by Ofsted and awarded both teaching and national support school status. Its headteacher James Kibble is a national leader of education.
James Kibble and Alex Russell have worked in collaboration on a number of school-to-school support projects including St. John Bosco College, Wandsworth, Jubilee High School and The Matthew Arnold School. This working relationship will underpin Chertsey High School. Once opened, Chertsey High School will become an Academy within the Bourne Education Trust.
Runnymede is located on the South West of the London Metropolitan area at the junction of the M25 and M3 motorways. The population of Runnymede is growing. Since the last census (2001 compared to 2011), the total population has grown by 3.2% but the demographic is changing with the 0-4 population increasing by 11.6% in the same period.
The Borough has four main settlements; Addlestone, Chertsey, Egham, and Virginia Water with a number of smaller residential villages. The Local Authority has identified the Runnymede Centre as being required for future school provision in the Borough and it is proposed that this be the location of the new school.
The pupil population in Runnymede is growing with the Local Authority commissioning expansions at 6 primary schools in the Borough to cater for the growing demand as set out below:
Runnymede is a ‘net importer’ of secondary pupils with 36% of pupils coming from outside of the Borough. For every child in a Runnymede primary school there are between 1.25 and 1.3 pupils in secondary schools. Based on average transfer ratios, Surrey County Council has estimated that by 2017 the number of pupils that will require a secondary school place in Runnymede will be around 100 more than there are currently spaces and that this will grow to a shortage of around 250 places in 2021 for the incoming year 7 cohorts.
Using the Council’s own projections, this demonstrates a need for up to 8 additional forms of entry in the Borough in the longer term. The above demand profile demonstrates a strong basic need argument for new secondary school provision in the Borough and it is unlikely that this demand profile can be met by expanding existing secondary provision in the Borough. Expanding existing sites would be costly, would risk standards in those schools, would be more disruptive and would be less popular with parents and the local community.
Although the projections suggest more secondary school places are needed in the Borough consideration will be given to ensure that new provision is commissioned in line with demand and in a way that will not significantly threaten the viability of other existing schools.
In relation to other schools, there is expected to be a deficit of secondary places in Elmbridge by 2016 and a deficit of secondary school places in Spelthorne by 2017; therefore it should not be the case that this school will draw pupils away to the detriment of local schools because those areas are also likely to be under pressure in terms of places by the time the new school is commissioned.
The Borough Council’s Local Development Framework is underway and their housing targets range from a minimum of 2,415 to a high of 4,200 additional dwellings by 2028. Subject to the various planning applications some 2200 new dwellings will have been created in good proximity to the new school. The largest of these is the proposed new settlement at the ‘DERA’ site (a site near to Chertsey recently removed from the Green Belt for up to 1500 new dwellings). A new primary school will be planned as part of this development but no secondary provision is being planned from within the development. A new secondary school in Runnymede will play an important part in ensuring that this development is served with secondary school provision in the future. We believe that Chertsey High School will meet this need.
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