Top grammar school plans to build comprehensive for Sutton, Croydon and Epsom pupils

Wallington County Grammar School headteacher Jonathan Wilden

Wallington County Grammar School headteacher Jonathan Wilden

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A top grammar school is planning to build a comprehensive school to serve pupils from Sutton, Surrey and Croydon.

Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) is developing plans to build a free school on the Walcountians Sports Club site in Carshalton Road near Banstead, which is already owned by the school.

Jonathan Wilden, headteacher of  WCGS, said the plan for the site is to build a school but to retain the sports club so the school can use the facilities to promote the benefits of participation in sport while allowing the public to use is in the evenings and weekends.

The scheme is one of two plans WCGS is exploring. The other is to build a new school in south Croydon to alleviate a growing school places crisis in the area. Talks have already opened between the school and Croydon Council with the aim of finding a site.

The proposed site near Woodmansterne

Mr Wilden said: "We're applying to the Department for Education for permission to build a free school, an 11 to 18 comprehensive school.

"It will not be an expansion of this school it will be a non-selective school that will be totally separate but within the Wallington County Grammar School Federation.

"We are talking to Croydon because there is a worse issue regarding school places there than in Sutton. We are looking with Croydon [Council] to see if a site could be available.

"The other option is the Walcountians Sports Club. Because of its location, that would draw people Clockhouse, which is a part of Sutton, as well as Surrey and Croydon.

"It would not replace the sports club. My vision is a school that promotes the importance of sport, that participation in sport will help their academic results and that learning to win and learning to lose is a part of the academic experience.

"Educationally, WCGS is one of the best grammar schools around and we have the know-how to make a fantastic comprehensive school."

Mr Wilden said he hopes the school can be built by 2017 although admitted there are many hurdles to get over before any work can start, including the fact that Walcountians Sports Club site is classed as greenbelt land, meaning development is prohibited except in special circumstances.

WCGS plans to launch a formal public consultation on the plans in May.

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4:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Binsanity says...

I am confused. Is Wallington County Grammer School a private concern privately funded ? And is the headteacher Mr Jonathan Wilden also the head of building projects for "WCGS" ? Development on green belt land prohibited execpt in special circumstances. Can't yet put my finger on this but something sure ain't ringing right. Sorry, comprehensive talk.
I am confused. Is Wallington County Grammer School a private concern privately funded ? And is the headteacher Mr Jonathan Wilden also the head of building projects for "WCGS" ? Development on green belt land prohibited execpt in special circumstances. Can't yet put my finger on this but something sure ain't ringing right. Sorry, comprehensive talk. Binsanity
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11:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

David7 says...

Hmmm. Mr Wilden might be getting ahead of himself. Not only is the Clockhouse site on greenbelt land, but the Old Boys sports association has a long lease on the grounds. The way he’s going about this will upset a lot of people...
Hmmm. Mr Wilden might be getting ahead of himself. Not only is the Clockhouse site on greenbelt land, but the Old Boys sports association has a long lease on the grounds. The way he’s going about this will upset a lot of people... David7
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3:02pm Thu 10 Apr 14

christhegoth says...

Grammar Education ( the style ) can be very beneficial for some kids. But in Sutton only 3% of kids get free school dinners in the State-funded Grammar Schools. So it's obvious rich people have nicked all the places, and I would hope it obvious that this is a problem. So...

I wonder what will happen in this Comp? This could well be VERY interesting.
Grammar Education ( the style ) can be very beneficial for some kids. But in Sutton only 3% of kids get free school dinners in the State-funded Grammar Schools. So it's obvious rich people have nicked all the places, and I would hope it obvious that this is a problem. So... I wonder what will happen in this Comp? This could well be VERY interesting. christhegoth
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10:08pm Thu 10 Apr 14

D Hoole says...

The great majority of secondary school kids in Clockhouse go to Woodcote High School, which has Specialist Sports College status, and is within Croydon borough . So why would a similar specialised college so near, on the Old Walcountians ground, be needed by the same population in Clockhouse?
The great majority of secondary school kids in Clockhouse go to Woodcote High School, which has Specialist Sports College status, and is within Croydon borough . So why would a similar specialised college so near, on the Old Walcountians ground, be needed by the same population in Clockhouse? D Hoole
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10:57am Tue 15 Apr 14

treblegold says...

If I had a son at WGCS, I would be surprised to find that Mr Wilden apparently finds that the job of headmaster doesn't occupy all his time. That aside, the proposition that a new school be built on the sports ground at Woodmansterne is preposterous: any proposal to build on green belt land should be resisted strongly. There is only one bus route (the 166) that runs anywhere near the site, and no railway station within walking distance, so the local roads (already congested) would become even busier. It would be difficult to think of a less suitable site for a new school in this area.
If I had a son at WGCS, I would be surprised to find that Mr Wilden apparently finds that the job of headmaster doesn't occupy all his time. That aside, the proposition that a new school be built on the sports ground at Woodmansterne is preposterous: any proposal to build on green belt land should be resisted strongly. There is only one bus route (the 166) that runs anywhere near the site, and no railway station within walking distance, so the local roads (already congested) would become even busier. It would be difficult to think of a less suitable site for a new school in this area. treblegold
  • Score: 2

4:10pm Tue 15 Apr 14

FozzyP says...

It would be helpful if WGCS publically clarified 'exactly' where they would like to build the school.
One thing is very certian they are not asking Sutton Council to build it on Sutton owned land. Therefore they are not going to build this school in Clockhouse or on Corrigan Rec nor the Woods. No Sutton land is being eyed up.
It would be helpful if WGCS publically clarified 'exactly' where they would like to build the school. One thing is very certian they are not asking Sutton Council to build it on Sutton owned land. Therefore they are not going to build this school in Clockhouse or on Corrigan Rec nor the Woods. No Sutton land is being eyed up. FozzyP
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4:38pm Tue 29 Apr 14

gasgasgas says...

Mr wilden strikes the pose of a man, who as a super head, as i'am sure he would not turn down the post, is likely to be awarded a huge increase in salary, and qudos that he will claim. While those who will be blighted by his visionary school will suffer increased noise, traffic and litter regardless of the loss of yet more greenbelt, if he suceeds in winning Woodmansterne.
Mr wilden strikes the pose of a man, who as a super head, as i'am sure he would not turn down the post, is likely to be awarded a huge increase in salary, and qudos that he will claim. While those who will be blighted by his visionary school will suffer increased noise, traffic and litter regardless of the loss of yet more greenbelt, if he suceeds in winning Woodmansterne. gasgasgas
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