Helping provide extra places for Sutton students

Oaks Park High School is helping to provide extra secondary school places for Sutton children in the next few years…

There is a shortfall of local secondary school places for Sutton children across the next 6 years.  The shortfall averages 120 places per year and ranges from 30 to 200 places across the 6 years. 

Sutton secondary schools have offered to help for the next 6 years by taking additional pupils.  Oaks Park High School will offer up to 50 extra places in the years where there is high demand. 

Providing additional facilities

The school is aware of shortages in facilities such as dining and hall space, changing rooms, toilets and changing rooms.  We have been granted capital grants by the Local Authority as part of the process to address the shortage of secondary school places.   

The school is already committed to providing the extra places regardless.  However, the new facilities will benefit both current and future students.

What are the extra facilities?

We are asking for planning permission for three modular buildings to address shortfalls in our facilities.  The new buildings will provide:

  • Extra dining space in a new building adjacent to the sports hall.  We have very little indoor space and dining is very cramped and busy. 
  • Toilets and changing rooms.  We are currently very short of both.
  • A fitness gym as part of sports facilities.  This is something that could also be attractive to the local community.
  • A hall area to support examination provision (freeing up the Sports Hall), allow more assemblies and year events, and be a centre for performance, art and community events.
  • A Design Technology workshop area to provide more vocational experiences not possible within a classroom setting.

 

Where will these extra facilities be?

There are shown on the site plan below.  However, all are sited on current tarmac or paved areas as the main footprint.  We are very lucky to have so much green space and want to keep that feeling of openness for the school and the local community.

All of the locations and finishes are designed to fit the environment, match existing buildings and have minimum impact on local residents.

You can find full information on the planning portal on the Sutton website, but documents at the bottom of the page give an “at a glance” summary for the overall site and each proposed building.

How do students and the school community gain?

  • Admission preferences show that the school has more applications than spaces – and more first choices too.  Extra places will help more Sutton parents/carers get a Sutton school for their child.
  • For our students, there will be more classes so that average class sizes stay the same.  However, more classes means more flexibility.  At Key Stage 4, this means more option courses can run. 
  • More students in the school means that we have more resources  More resources means we can offer more help to our students, whether the most able or those needing emotional or academic support.
  • Existing and new students will benefit from the extra facilities.
  • There are additional facilities that can be used by the community. 

Comments or feedback

We are interested in any comments that will help us make sure that these changes work best for our students, their families and the local community.  If you have suggestions that you think will help with this, then please email the school on the school office address: office@oaksparkhigh.org.uk

We would be grateful for any initial comments by the end of February 2022 and final comments by Friday 11th March 2022 at latest.  However, we will continue to pick up any comments during the year to feed into our planning.