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History and timeline

15 November 2019
Wates, on behalf of the DfE, have lodged an appeal against Sutton Council’s refusal of planning permission. It is expected that the appeal will be heard by an inquiry in February and that a decision will be made by the Government Planning Inspector by the middle of April 2020.
 
10 September 2019
Sutton Council refuses planning permission for the proposed schools at Rosehill.
 
25 June 2019
Planning application for schools at Rosehill received by Sutton Council and published on its website.
 
3 April 2019
Wates staged an exhibition at Sutton Sports Village 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 planning application to Sutton Council.
 
Between 4 and 12 April 2019 the Wates plans were made available on the Greenshaw Learning Trust website, as well as a feedback form so that people could submit their views to Wates.

15 February 2019
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the appointment of Wates as contractor to design and build the new schools for the Greenshaw Learning Trust. Wates will now be drawing up proposals for the school building and, working with the DfE and Greenshaw Learning Trust, will be engaging with the local community and stakeholders ahead of submitting a planning application.
 
See the statement from the  Greenshaw Learning Trust here.

14 January 2019

Sutton Council announced that on 19 December 2018 it had approved a 125 year lease with the DfE to use the All Weather Pitch and part of the Sports Village at Rosehill Recreation Ground for the new schools, subject to planning.

16 October 2018

DfE invite tenders for the contract to design and build the proposed new schools at Rosehill Recreation Ground.

17 July 2018
Sutton Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee agreed to the development of a new school at Rosehill Park, subject to planning approval and final legal process.

Following detailed negotiations Sutton Council, the ESFA and GLL agreed terms and instructed solicitors in relation to the site for the proposed new school which will be subject to planning permission being granted and other conditions being satisfied.

Residents, recreation ground and sports village users and other interested groups will be consulted and informed throughout the process.

26 February 2018
Sutton Council formally approved the new Local Plan, with the disused All Weather Pitch and a small part of the Sports Village at Rosehill Recreation Ground identified for education use.

The Greenshaw Learning Trust continued to work with the DfE’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), operators of the Sports Village, to bring forward proposals to establish their new secondary school on the Rosehill Recreation Ground site. 

14 January 2018
Sutton Council announced that it had approved the granting of a 125 year lease with the DfE to enable the use of the disused All Weather Pitch and a small part of the Sports Village at Rosehill Rec for the schools, subject to planning, on 19 December 2018.

17 July 2017
Sutton Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee approved the principle of the new 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.

Mike Cooper, Chair of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, said: “We are pleased that the council has approved the principle of locating the new secondary school and ASD school at Rosehill Rec. We believe this site is the best location for the second new secondary school the borough needs. It is a good location for the proposed new school, which can be built with minimal impact on the open parkland. The school and its students would benefit from close cooperation with the adjacent Sports Village and use of the recreation ground, which would continue to be open to the public.”

Read the Trust’s full statement here.

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.

The Greenshaw Learning Trust welcomed this announcement, as they had previously concluded that the Rosehill site offers the best available site in the borough for the new secondary school that the Trust has DfE approval for. You can read the Trust’s statement here.

7 November 2016
Sutton Liberal Democrats announced that the Rosehill Recreation Ground in Sutton is the only option for locating the second new secondary school that the Borough needs. You can read the Trust’s response here.

5 February 2016
The Trust gained approval by 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 school will be co-located with the secondary school, so that, whilst retaining their own distinct identity, they can benefit from sharing facilities and resources. Find out more here. Read the full statement here.

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.

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,

18 September 2015
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 in Sutton. 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.

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.

May 2015
Greenshaw Learning Trust received approval from the DfE. For details of that original approval please click here.

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.

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

January 2015
As part of the ‘free school’ application process, the Greenshaw Learning Trust attended an interview to present their proposals to officials of the DfE. please click here

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. In May 2015 the Council published feasibility reports for both sites. The Trust issued this statement on 12 May 2015.

September 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.

March 2014
With the support of the Partnership of Sutton Secondary Schools, the Greenshaw Trust agreed to put itself forward as the sponsor of a new secondary school to meet the projected need for school places in Sutton.

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

March 2014
Having received approval from the DfE to sponsor both primary and secondary schools,  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.

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.

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.

We will provide more information and updates as we are able to.

Find out more:
If you would like to receive regular updates and information as we develop the proposals for the new school, please enter your details here.

Download the GLT information leaflet here.

GLT Statement issued on 15 February 2019
GLT Statement issued on 19 July 2017
GLT statement issued on 8 December 2016
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 19 September 2014
GLT Statement issued on 11 September 2014
GLT Statement issued on 7 May 2014
GLT Statement issued on 14 March 2014
GLT Statement issued on 27 January 2014

New School questions and answers
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