SCC FoI Request 13/4/2016 Ref. W10001729

Q. What is the need for a new secondary school in Normandy? Please include information on how birth data, or other information, has been used to forecast the number of secondary school places that will be needed in the Guildford area until 2022 

A. Under Section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information which is already reasonably accessible to you. The methodology of projecting school places and the factors considered including birth data to forecast secondary places up to 2022 and beyond is described in the School Organisation Plan. This document is on the Surrey County Council website  

The proposed secondary school in Normandy would serve Normandy, Blackwell Farm and Ash, which could be around 4,366 homes. This number of dwellings could yield around 785 secondary aged children. This estimate is based on formulae that calculate the likely average yield from new developments.  

785 is the estimated secondary yield, which could result in around 157 children per secondary year group.  However, it is unknown the actual numbers and ages of children that would occupy dwellings in a new development. Timing of which years is unknown at this early stage until the phasing and timing of the construction of the new homes is known. 

Further response:

785 is the estimated secondary yield, which could result in around 157 children per secondary year group.  However, it is unknown the actual numbers and ages of children that would occupy dwellings in a new development.  Timing of which years is unknown at this early stage until the phasing and timing of the construction of the new homes is known.

Q. What is the need for a new secondary school in Normandy excluding possible demand created by further housing developments in the draft Guildford plan, and how does this data point to the need for a new secondary school to be located in the village of Normandy?

A. The proposed secondary school in Normandy is required to meet the pupil yield from the developments in the draft Local Plan. Excluding the demand created by the developments in the Local Plan, the school would not be required. This is an infrastructure requirement resulting from the draft Local Plan. 

Q. What is the need for a new secondary school in Normandy including possible demand created by further housing developments in the draft Guildford plan, and how does this data points to the need for a new secondary school to be located in the village of Normandy. 

A. Locating the school in Normandy would allow it to serve developments in Blackwell Farm and Ash as well as Normandy. 

Q. What other sites for secondary schools have been considered in the borough and why have these sites have been disregarded, and why is Normandy the preferred option.

A. Under Section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information which is already reasonably accessible to you. The details of the sites considered together with the reasons for rejecting or proposing those sites are given in GBC Land Availability Assessment, from page 529. The document is publicly available on the GBC website on the following page (LAA 2016)

Q. What is the the Published Admission Number [PAN] and total capacity for all other secondary schools, school by school, in the borough and the projected spare capacity of these schools 

a. excluding possible demand created by further housing developments in the draft Guildford plan
b. including possible demand created by further housing developments in the draft Guildford plan 

A.  The  PAN of secondary schools in Guildford borough is 1,426. The capacity of secondary schools in Guildford Borough for years 7 to 11 is the PAN of 1,426 multiplied by 5 years giving a total of 7,130. 

School by school the PANs and capacities are shown in the table below:

School PAN Total places
available (11-16)
Howard of Effingham 240 1200
Christ’s College 156 780
George Abbot 300 1500
Guildford County 160 800 
Kings College 180 900
St Peter’s 180 900
Ash Manor 210 1050

Excluding strategic development proposed in the draft Local Plan, year 7 places are likely to be full to capacity in all Guildford schools by 2019. Numbers are likely to dip a little in 2020 and then increase again in 2021, with little spare capacity. 

Q. What is the possible effect on school places of the reduction in birth-rate over the past few years and what effect will this will have on school place planning 

A. A drop in the birth rate was seen in 2014 and 2013. However, it is unknown whether that will continue. Looking at the last 10 years, birth rates in Guildford have fluctuated with dips lasting no more than two years before an increase is seen again, with the trend increasing overall. 

Q. Projecting on from 2015/16 to 2024/25. what will be the projected Year 7 entry to Secondary schools in Guildford. school by school, and year by year? 

A. Place planning is undertaken on an area basis rather than school by school, and includes a range of factors as well as births.  The projected demand for places is published annually in the School Organisational Plan, which is available on the Surrey County Council web site 

Q. What consideration has been given to enlarging existing schools rather than building a new school 

A. Excluding possible demand from the draft Local Plan, two expansions are planned to meet the existing demographic demand. 20 additional places per year are being provided at Guildford County and 30 places per year at St Peters from September 2017. Statutory consultation and determination on the decision to expand each school has been completed, for which documentation is available on the Surrey County Council website.  St Peters is subject to planning permission.

Including demand from the draft Local Plan, further options to expand existing schools are limited, would not provide for the level of demand from the Local Plan and locations of existing schools would not necessarily serve the developments proposed in the Local Plan.

Q. How pupils will be transported to this secondary school?

A. This will be determined and planned in detail at a later stage. The draft Local Plan includes appropriate train routes. 

Q. What research has taken place to see how the local rural roads will cope with the increase in traffic that the new school will bring, especially with regards to the railway bridge in Westwood Lane which only accepts one-way traffic and has a height limit, and the dangerous hump-back bridge in Glaziers Lane which has a weight limit 

A. As Surrey have not undertaken any specific research on either the ability of local roads to cope with traffic that may be associated with a new school, or on road safety issues specifically related to parents parking on Glaziers and Westwood Lanes, there is no information to provide on these two points. This would be looked at as part of the planning application process. 

Q. What road safety issues concerning parents parking on Glaziers Lane and Westwood Lane to drop off and pick up their children have been considered?

A. As Surrey have not undertaken any specific research on either the ability of local roads to cope with traffic that may be associated with a new school, or on road safety issues specifically related to parents parking on Glaziers and Westwood Lanes, there is no information to provide on these two points. This would be looked at as part of the planning application process. 

The same questions were asked of Guildford Borough Council

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