Heathside Walton School – project update, March 2020

I am writing to provide an update with regard to the expected opening date of Heathside Walton School.

Unfortunately, the meeting of Elmbridge Borough Council’s Planning Committee which was due to take place on 24 March 2020 and at which the planning application for the School was due to be heard, was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Elmbridge Borough Council may find a way of enabling the planning application to be heard at some point in the coming months if the mechanisms are found to allow for planning applications to be determined remotely. Furthermore, we are all working hard on the project to ensure it can be progressed as quickly as possible once it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Sadly this understandable delay will have an impact on our timetable for opening the new School and we apologise to all of our prospective parents who have shown their support and were hoping that the School would be ready to take in students by September 2021. The target date for opening will now be September 2022 for those children currently in Year 4, subject to planning consent for the School being agreed. We are extremely sorry for this delay to the opening date but given the grave circumstances we expect you will understand the reasons for this.

At present our overriding concern is for the health and well-being of everyone in the local community and beyond. In particular, those NHS staff and fellow key workers who are doing an exceptional job in what are very challenging times.

In the meantime, we hope you and your family keep well and for normal times to return in the near future.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Anne Cullum
Executive Principal of the ElmWey Learning Trust

Heathside Walton School update – Planning Application submitted (Application Reference Number 2019/2157) – August 2019

The planning application for the proposed Heathside Walton-On-Thames secondary school has now been submitted to Elmbridge Borough Council. The application is for a 900-pupil, non-selective, co-educational six form entry secondary school, located on land to the east of Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames.

The proposed new school will be operated by ElmWey Learning Trust which has demonstrated its ability to deliver exceptional education standards at the nearby Heathside Weybridge School.

The proposals have gone through significant consultation with public events being hosted in Walton-on-Thames in July 2018 and June 2019 which have helped to form the final proposals.

The public consultation on Elmbridge Borough Council’s website is now open for comment. If you would like to support the application for the new school, please access the Council’s website
www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/find-application click on ‘Search’ and type in the application reference number 2019/2157 then select ‘Comment on this application’.

The consultation remains open until 20 September 2019.


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