Develop Croydon Conference | 20th November 2018 | Croydon Park Hotel

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Planning application for new South Croydon school is submitted

A planning application for a new South Croydon secondary school that would cater for 1,680 pupils has been submitted.

The free school will be called Coombe Wood School and will be an academy run by the Folio Education Trust, which also runs Wallington County Grammar School. With the plans detailing that it expects to open in September 2018.
A formal planning application has been submitted to Croydon Council to construct the two-storey building.

It outlines some detail about what type of school it will be, and how many pupils are set to be taken in.

The school would be off Coombe Road in South Croydon, opposite Lloyd Park and have space for 1,200 pupils aged 11-16 and 480 sixth form pupils.

The application reads: “Coombe Wood School will be a mixed comprehensive school providing 1,680 pupil places for girls and boys, aged between 11 and 18 years.

“There will be eight forms of entry, each year group will comprise 240 pupils and there will be a sixth form of up to 480 pupils.”

Coombe Wood School will be a flagship school for Folio Education Trust – a new multi-academy trust aiming to support students in a number of good and outstanding schools in South London.

The application adds: “Its vision is to develop a strong partnership of no more than ten schools which will work together in raising the standard of education for young people and become an employer of choice within the local area.”

The school will also put a focus on sports, offering “enhanced sporting facilities”, and drama, by offering a performing arts faculty.

Currently, the site where the new school is proposed to be is occupied by playing fields and an associated car parking area.

However, the report says: “The site is considered sufficiently large enough to accommodate the proposed Coombe Wood School without impacting on surrounding uses.”

The new school is in the council’s plan to provide enough school places in the coming years.

Coombe Wood School, the report says, would be able to offer 180 new places a year.

The application for Coombe Wood School was submitted on Monday (January 22) and the neighbourhood consultation deadline is February 18.

The deadline for determining if the school can be built will be March 19, 2018.