History and timeline
In late 2012, Sutton Council identified that the projected increase in pupil numbers in the borough would require the building of a new secondary school in the coming years.
During 2013, the Borough’s secondary schools worked with Sutton Council to draw up plans to expand existing secondary schools to meet the projected need up to 2016/2017. Beyond that, the only way to ensure there would be enough school places for the growing numbers of young people in this area would be to build at least one new secondary school.
In January 2014, the Partnership of all the secondary schools in Sutton recognised the need for a new secondary school and agreed that Greenshaw should be its sponsor. please click here
Having received approval from the DfE to sponsor both primary and secondary schools, in March 2014 the Governing Body of the Greenshaw Trust formally agreed to put itself forward to sponsor the new secondary school that would be needed in Sutton. Read the Trust’s full statement here.
Whilst progress was being made on developing proposals to expand local secondary schools, the Council had not secured the funding required to provide all the secondary places that would be needed. The Greenshaw Learning Trust concluded that the best way to maximise the chances of Sutton achieving the required secondary school places is to apply to the DfE for ‘Free School’ funding. In October 2014, The Greenshaw Learning Trust submitted a detailed application to the DfE. please click here
To back up its application and seek support from local parents, the Trust issued an information leaflet describing its proposals.
The Trust also issued a Q&A about the proposed new school.
In November 2014, Sutton Council identified two possible locations for a new secondary school – at the Sutton Hospital site and at the disused All Weather Pitch at Rosehill Recreation Ground.
As part of the ‘free school’ application process, in January 2015 the Greenshaw Learning Trust attended an interview to present their proposals to officials of the DfE. please click here
On 9 March 2015, the DfE announced that it had approved the Greenshaw Learning Trust’s proposals to establish a new secondary school in Sutton, and that the plans would proceed to the ‘pre-opening’ phase. please click here
In May 2015, the Council published feasibility reports for both the Sutton Hospital site and the disused All Weather Pitch at Rosehill Recreation Ground. The Trust issued this statement on 12 May 2015.
On 25 June 2015, the Department for Education announced that their preferred site for the proposed new secondary school is the Rosehill All Weather Pitch (AWP). The Trust issued this statement on 26 June 2015.
The reasons given for selecting the Rosehill All Weather Pitch as the preferred site are that: it is a bigger site making more space available for the school, it is adjacent to playing fields and sports facilities giving opportunities for partnership working, and it is close to Greenshaw High School to enable sharing of resources and specialist teaching staff.
On 18 September, Sutton Council's lead member for education issued a statement saying that the Council will not agree to the use of the disused All Weather Pitch at Rosehill Recreation Ground for a new secondary school. You can read the Trust's response made on 21 September here.
The Greenshaw Learning Trust considered the practicalities of building the proposed school on either of the two sites and studied the Council's feasibility reports – you can see a summary concerning both sites here.
On 23 October 2015, the Trust advised Sutton Council and the Department for Education that the land the Council had bought on part of the Sutton Hospital site would not accommodate the proposed new school and would not provide the quality of education the Trust wants to offer to future generations of students. Read the full statement here.
Sutton Council started drawing up it own proposals to establish a new six form entry secondary school on the land it had bought at the Sutton Hospital site,
In January 2016 Sutton Council’s Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation included the All Weather Pitch and adjacent Sports Village site in the list of potential locations for a new secondary school. The latest predictions from Sutton Council show that Sutton will need two new secondary schools by around 2020 - the first needs to be open in Sutton in September 2018.
On 5 February 2016, the Trust gained approval from the Department for Education to establish a new provision for secondary age students with Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) relating to moderate ASD. The proposal was drawn up in collaboration with Sutton Council. Whilst it has been designated by the DfE as a Free School and as a distinct Special School, the ASD provision will be run as an SEN base integral to the Trust’s new secondary school. Find out more here. Read the full statement here.
In February 2016, the Trust submitted an application to the DfE for funding to open a new two form entry primary school to meet the need for additional primary school places in central/north Sutton. If the application is successful the preferred location for the primary school will be on the same site as the new secondary school.
On 6 December 2016, Sutton Council’s Housing, Economy and Business Committee approved the draft Local Plan that confirms the need for a second new secondary school in the borough and identifies the All Weather Pitch and part of the Sports Village at Rosehill for its location.
Find out more:
Download the GLT information leaflet here.
GLT statement issued on 19 July 2017
GLT Statement issued on 8 November 2016
GLT Statement issued on 5 February 2016
GLT Statement issued on 23 October 2015
GLT Statement issued on 21 September 2015
GLT News release issed on 26 June 2015
GLT Statement issued on 12 May 2015
GLT Statement issued on 9 March 2015
GLT Statement issued on 5 January 2015
GLT Statement issued on 17 December 2014
GLT Statement issued on 19 September 2014
GLT Statement issued on 11 September 2014
GLT Statement issued on 7 May 2014
New School questions and answers
Support from the Partnership of Sutton Secondary Schools
London Borough of Sutton CFE committee