MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow suggest Sutton Hospital could be the best location for new secondary school

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Sutton’s MPs have taken their fight for a new secondary school to the Department for Education and have suggested Sutton Hospital could be the best place for it.

Paul Burstow and Tom Brake met with schools minister David laws yesterday and pressed him for the capital funding to provide an extra 4,000 high school places desperately needed in Sutton by 2019.

Sutton Guardian:

MPs Paul Burstow and Tom Brake

A new secondary school is urgently needed by the autumn of 2017 and both MPs told Mr Laws the the Sutton Hospital site would be the best location for the school.

The demand is driven by increasing numbers of children needing primary school places in Belmont and South Sutton.

Sutton Council is pressing ahead with plans for an extra 1,500 places added to existing secondary schools between 2015-17.

The council has already approached the Partnership of Sutton Secondary Schools asking for 120 extra places for pupils at five schools in 2015 when the current primary school place crisis hits the secondary sector.

This includes 15 places at two grammar schools – Nonsuch High School for Girls and Sutton Grammar School for Boys.

Mr Brake said Sutton's primary schools were groaning under the weight of extra pupils.

He said: "These pupils will soon need a secondary school place. It was clear that David Laws understood Sutton is facing real pressures.

"This must feed through into hard cash to address these basic needs."

Mr Burstow said the meeting was encouraging and added: "A new high school on the Sutton Hospital site offers an exciting opportunity, especially the potential tie in with council's idea of developing a life science cluster based around the Institute for Cancer Research and Royal Marsden."

Plans to transfer services from the Sutton Hospital site to Epsom and St Helier hospitals was recently given the green light by the trust board and Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group.

It was always expected that the trust would move out of Sutton Hospital as part of the £219m redevelopment of St Helier Hospital but there have been delays due to uncertainties caused by the Better Services Better Value healthcare review which previously planned to downgrade St Helier.


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3:45pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Giles C says...

This shows up our MPs for what they are really like.
Why can they only speak to a Lib Dem minister?
If it's that important go to Gove or even Cameron..but no they have to play politics with our kids education just like Burstow is doing with St Raphael's and Brake with jobs at Mcdonalds.
Self serving ,pious and divisive.
This shows up our MPs for what they are really like. Why can they only speak to a Lib Dem minister? If it's that important go to Gove or even Cameron..but no they have to play politics with our kids education just like Burstow is doing with St Raphael's and Brake with jobs at Mcdonalds. Self serving ,pious and divisive. Giles C

10:10pm Wed 11 Dec 13

GreenBrown says...

When are we going to get some MPs who understand or are brave enough to speak out against our ever growing population. Our accelerated population growth is bad news for everyone and it is at odd with all the climate change environmental stuff they always go on about. More people means.....

More energy being used
More pollution
More water being used
More traffic
More queues
More stress on services
More stress on housing stock
More jobs needed
More schools
More green land built on

This isn't a good idea, this is a lets put off the problem for another generation. So you build another school on the Sutton hospital site. In 10, 20 years time that will be full and another school will be needed. It never ends and because of modern medicine, welfare and mass immigration, natural checks on population growth have gone. For who's benefit is this explosion in the population? Are peoples lives going to be enhanced by this constant growth or will everyone's lives get a little harder and worse because of it. We need to start keeping the population growth stable and ideally start reducing it. Yes, this might solve the boroughs immediate problem, but it doesn't solve the issue. I don't think those who have overseen this problem are going to be the ones to solve it.
When are we going to get some MPs who understand or are brave enough to speak out against our ever growing population. Our accelerated population growth is bad news for everyone and it is at odd with all the climate change environmental stuff they always go on about. More people means..... More energy being used More pollution More water being used More traffic More queues More stress on services More stress on housing stock More jobs needed More schools More green land built on This isn't a good idea, this is a lets put off the problem for another generation. So you build another school on the Sutton hospital site. In 10, 20 years time that will be full and another school will be needed. It never ends and because of modern medicine, welfare and mass immigration, natural checks on population growth have gone. For who's benefit is this explosion in the population? Are peoples lives going to be enhanced by this constant growth or will everyone's lives get a little harder and worse because of it. We need to start keeping the population growth stable and ideally start reducing it. Yes, this might solve the boroughs immediate problem, but it doesn't solve the issue. I don't think those who have overseen this problem are going to be the ones to solve it. GreenBrown

1:03pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Marie from Sutton says...

Great that the site will be developped and serve the local community.
Just one thought though:
Vociferous kids near a hospital caring for Cancer Patients?
Great that the site will be developped and serve the local community. Just one thought though: Vociferous kids near a hospital caring for Cancer Patients? Marie from Sutton

7:49am Fri 13 Dec 13

LiberalsOut says...

As usual the common sense comments from Giles C and Green Brown
The Lib Dems are a busted flush and in coalition have stopped the urgent repairs to this country - the same would have happened if in bed with Labour
Perhaps if we did not let so many children from outside the Borough come in, and new arrivals to the country, have their children put to the top of the waiting list, and those already on it pushed down?
As usual the common sense comments from Giles C and Green Brown The Lib Dems are a busted flush and in coalition have stopped the urgent repairs to this country - the same would have happened if in bed with Labour Perhaps if we did not let so many children from outside the Borough come in, and new arrivals to the country, have their children put to the top of the waiting list, and those already on it pushed down? LiberalsOut

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