September 14th 2017
Proposed site announced.
Subject to planning permission being granted, the school will be built between Walton-on-Thames and Molesey. The site identified is at the junction of Terrace Road and Waterside Drive and the land earmarked for the school is just to the north of the roundabout where these two roads meet.
In our original bid to the DfE, we identified the area to the north east of Walton-on-Thames as having the greatest need for secondary school places in Elmbridge. This location is ideal to meet that need.
Finding and developing the site.
The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is the part of the Department for Education (DfE) which identifies sites for new Free Schools and develops the necessary buildings. In recent months the ESFA has carried out extensive work to identify a viable site for the school, culminating in this announcement.
Heathside Walton-on-Thames will occupy brand new purpose-built buildings in order to deliver on its prime focus of providing an excellent education for all its students.
Now that a proposed site has been identified, ElmWey will work closely with the ESFA to turn plans for the school into reality. This will include discussions with Elmbridge Borough Council and the local community in advance of any planning application being submitted. These discussions will be part of a wider ongoing consultation with all concerned which will take place as the project moves forward.
October 18th 2016
ElmWey’s bid to open a new Free School in Elmbridge in the Walton-on-Thames/Molesey area was given the go ahead in an announcement in mid July 2016.
Working with the Department for Education
Following this announcement representatives of ElmWey have met with the Department of Education to begin the process of planning in detail how the bid will be turned into reality.
ElmWey’s Capacity and Performance
Whilst there is much work to be done, ElmWey has the capacity to meet the target opening date of September 2019 and is currently working hard to turn its bid submission into far more detailed plans to cover the many aspects of setting up and running a new school. ElmWey’s students at Heathside School, Weybridge, once again achieved very good exam results this summer and it is this level of performance that ElmWey seeks to replicate at Heathside, Walton-on-Thames.
The Department of Education plays a key role in the setting up of all new schools and as is normal for such developments, is taking the lead in securing the best possible site and buildings for the school.
Keeping You Informed
In the meantime ElmWey will continue to keep the local community, including parents of potential students and local residents groups informed of all developments.
Any interested party signing up via this website will receive regular updates on our progress and ElmWey representatives are continuing an outreach programme to meet all interested community groups.
Keep visiting this page for the latest updates.