SDBE to re-apply for new CofE Secondary School in Sutton area

Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) has decided to re-apply to establish Sutton Church of England Secondary School based on the overwhelming demand for a Church of England Secondary School from the community. The feedback received from the Department of Education was that the prior application was very positive and that the SDBE multi-academy trust should consider re-submitting the application. We will therefore re-apply in the spring 2018. We are waiting for new information to be published by the Department to confirm details about the application process and timescales..

Sutton Church of England Secondary School is a proposed 11-19 co-educational school and plans to open from September 2020 with its first intake of Year 7 pupils, and receiving a new intake of Year 7 pupils each year thereafter until the school reaches full capacity.

This new school will be highly inclusive, have a distinctive Christian character and will offer its students the opportunity to grow and develop within a broad and balanced curriculum framework under-pinned by Christian values. Sutton Church of England Secondary School’s proposed curriculum focus will be based on that of its partner school, Saint Cecilia’s School in Wandsworth, which will be Health Sciences and Care Studies.

The proposed school will be state funded by the Department for Education and operated by Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) multi-academy trust, alongside its existing family of schools.

You can help make this happen! The plans for Sutton Church of England Secondary School will only become a reality with the support of the community. In our application to the Department for Education, we need to demonstrate the level of support for the school, particularly of parents with child(ren) due to start secondary school from September 2020.

If you are a parent of a child for whom you would consider Sutton Church of England Secondary School, please register your support by completing the short form here.

If you do not have a child starting secondary school in 2020 or beyond but support this proposed school, please email us at

Thank you – your continued support will help make our vision for Sutton CofE Secondary School a reality.