Proposals for school building
In February 2016, the Greenshaw Learning Trust was given approval by the Department for Education (DfE) to open a new ASD secondary school in Sutton (Sutton Free School 2). Sutton Council allocated the disused all weather pitch and a small part of the Sports Village at Rosehill for the ASD school and a secondary school (Sutton Free School 1).
After an extensive consultation and design process, Wates, the DfE design and build contractor, submitted plans for the new school building in June 2019. The planning application was refused in September 2019 and, following an appeal and public inquiry, planning permission was granted in March 2021.
Following a review of the needed school places, the Department for Education and Sutton Council have concluded that the demand can be sufficiently met by utilising existing schools in Sutton without the need to open the eight form entry secondary school. In August 2021, the Secretary of State cancelled the Sutton Free School 1 to ensure there was not a surplus of secondary places in the longer term.
The approved school building was due to be shared with the new ASD Secondary school (Sutton Free School 2). There continues to be a clear and demonstrable need for the SEN secondary provision and the Department for Education has confirmed its support for Sutton Free School 2. Due to the redesign of the school building there will be a further delay due to the necessary resubmission of a revised planning application.