Primary School Expansion Programme - Phase 2

Closed 15 Dec 2011

Opened 17 Nov 2011

Feedback expected 9 Jan 2012


In recent years there has been a marked upturn in the numbers of children born in the Borough, we have already had to increase capacity during the last two years to meet the additional demand for places at reception year. This increased demand is projected to continue at least up to 2013 and probably beyond.  The Local Authority has a core duty to ensure there are sufficient places to meet the needs of its children and families and therefore it is obliged to plan for the expansion of its school capacity.

Why your views matter

We have to increase the number of primary school places to meet additional demand. We believe that the proposals should ensure that every Sutton child requiring a school place will get one.

Public consultation on the possible expansion of up to 5 primary schools took place from mid May to the end of June. We set out specific proposals for school expansions in the consultation document. These places should come into operation for September 2012. Feedback on the proposals was generally positive, although there were concerns expressed at certain schools about possible overcrowding and impacts on traffic congestion.

The Council’s Executive considered the matter at its meeting on 12 September and agreed to publish formal proposals for the permanent expansion of four of the five schools. These were:

  • All Saints Church of England Benhilton Primary
  • All Saints Carshalton Primary
  • Brookfield Primary
  • The Federation of St Elphage’s Catholic Infants

The proposals for the fifth school, Cheam Common Infants, were subject to further consideration in the light of the responses received during the public consultation. This work has now been undertaken and the Council’s Executive at its meeting on 7 November agreed to proceed to the formal publication of Statutory Proposals for the expansion of the School

What happens next

Statutory Notices for the permanent expansion of  Cheam Common Infants will be published on 17 November. There will then follow a four week consultation (representation) period, when comments on the proposals may be submitted to the Local Authority. This consultation period will end on 15 December.

Any responses will be carefully considered and a decision taken on the proposed expansions should be made by early January for implementation in September 2012.


  • Belmont
  • Carshalton Central
  • Cheam
  • Stonecot
  • Sutton Central
  • Sutton North
  • Sutton South
  • The Wrythe
  • Wallington North
  • Wallington South


  • Community groups / organisations
  • Faith groups
  • Voluntary groups / organisations
  • All residents


  • Children and young people
  • Education