Sutton Church of England Secondary School will be a new 11-19 free school, potentially scheduled to open in 2021. This new provision will address the current and future demand from parents for more choice and diversity for a high quality education with Christian values and strong pastoral care for their children.
It is being established by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and operated by the SDBE multi-academy trust. This provenance harnesses significant experience in 11-19 education provision – the Diocese of Southwark covers 12 local authorities across south London and part of Surrey, offering support and advice to 106 Church of England schools and academies and to FE and HE chaplaincies in the Diocese. In terms of our schools, 89% are judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted compared to 81% nationally.
The new school will have 6 forms of entry with 30 pupils per form, giving a Published Admission Number (PAN) of 180 and a total number of students on roll of 1,150 including 250 in the sixth form. This ambitious Church of England school will be non-selective, co-educational and as an inclusive school it will be open to all children from all backgrounds. Students from families of all faiths and no faith will be able to gain admission. In keeping with Free School requirements including the national Schools Admissions Code and related legislation, at least 50% of our pupils will be admitted without reference to faith when the school is oversubscribed.
Our vision is based around a broad and balanced curriculum with a value-added specialism in Health Sciences delivered in a school with high expectations for learning within a caring and inclusive Christian ethos. The specialism will involve relevant aspects of the traditional school science subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Access to the humanities and languages at GCSE will retain EBacc opportunities for our students.
All trustees, governors and staff will work to ensure that every student achieves their maximum potential in a safe, supportive, high-expectation and high achieving school. In addition to the inherent parental attraction to a school offering an environment which is both caring and ambitious, the establishment of a Church of England school would widen choice at the secondary phase for parents and carers and widen diversity of provision in an area where there is currently no Anglican co-educational offer.