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Sutton New Secondary School

Significant expansion of secondary school provision is required to ensure there are enough school places for the growing numbers of young people in this area over the coming years.


In March 2015 the Greenshaw Learning Trust was given approval by the Department for Education (DfE) to open a new secondary school in Sutton.

The new school will be a non-selective, mixed comprehensive school for local children with eight forms of entry and a sixth form. It will be a separate academy school, managed and funded in its own right like any other academy school, but operating under the umbrella of the Greenshaw Learning Trust and benefiting from sharing in the success and capacity of the Greenshaw family of schools.

Our offer to parents will include a broad academic curriculum balanced with a diverse range of activities including music, sports and community involvement.

The school will open with 240 students in the first year. In each of the following years it will take a further 240 first year students and in the third year we will open a sixth form with 120 students. When full, the school will have 1200 students in Years 7 to 11, plus a sixth form of approximately 350.

The school will be a part of the pan-London co-ordinated admissions system and we will work closely with Sutton Council and all other local schools to ensure that the school complements the existing already excellent school provision in Sutton.

The new school will be co-located with a small specialist school for secondary students on the autistic spectrum – more information here.

Sutton Council has given in-principle approval to the secondary school and ASD school being built on the disused All Weather Pitch and a small part of the Sports Village at Rosehill Recreation Ground, subject to planning permission being granted by Sutton Council.

The Department for Education (DfE) has appointed Wates as contractor to design and build the new schools. Wates has been developing and consulting on the plans for building the schools, and has been engaging with the local community and stakeholders ahead of submitting a planning application to Sutton Council. 

Wates staged an exhibition at Sutton Sports Village on 3 April 2019 showing their initial proposals for the new school building at Rosehill, and answering questions and seeking views on their plans ahead of submitting the formal application.

In response to issues raised by residents and Sutton Council, Wates then amended its proposals and submitted a full planning application to Sutton Council in June. Sutton Council formally received and validated the planning application and published it on the Council website on 25 June 2019. 

The planning application that had been submitted by Wates on behalf of the Department of Education for the proposed new school building was considered by Sutton Council’s Planning Committee on 10 September 2019. After lengthy discussion, and hearing from Wates about what they had done to address concerns about the application and from objectors, the Committee voted to reject the proposals. 

It was anticipated that if planning permission for the permanent school building had been granted by Sutton Council at this time, the Greenshaw Learning Trust would open the secondary school in September 2020 in temporary accommodation to meet the need for school places; but as planning permission was not granted, the DfE will not provide funding to open the school in September 2020.  

Wates, on behalf of the DfE, has lodged an appeal against Sutton Council’s refusal of planning permission. The public inquiry to hear the appeal against the refusal of planning application for the proposed new schools was scheduled for March 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19.  

The Government Planning Inspector held a virtual public inquiry in September 2020 to hear the appeal against the refusal of the planning application for the proposed new schools at Rosehill.  The inquiry received evidence from Wates, the contractor who designed the new schools, Sutton Council and members of the Rosehill community.

The Inspector leading the inquiry is producing a report for the Secretary of State, who will make the final decision on whether planning permission for the new Sutton Schools will be granted.  A decision is expected by February 2021.

Our new school vision

The funding to build the new school will come from the Department for Education's 'Free School' budget, and once the school is open it will be run and funded exactly the same way as any other academy school.

  • We are ambitious for all our students and believe that there is no ceiling on what can be achieved by anyone, regardless of their circumstances or background.
  • Our new school will have outstanding teachers with a passion for their subject and the ability to inspire that passion in others.
  • Students in our care will experience a positive learning environment where exemplary behaviour ensures a safe and supportive atmosphere. They will learn to take responsibility for their own actions and learning so they are able to fulfil their potential now, and in the future.