Amalgamation of St Nicholas and Starhurst Schools

Closed 8 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016


Surrey County Council and the governing bodies of Starhurst School and St Nicholas School have been working together with to look at providing the best education for boys in Surrey with Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

Currently there are three SEMH schools in Surrey: Starhurst in Dorking, St Nicholas in Merstham and Wishmore Cross in Chobham.

Our proposal is that Starhurst School and St Nicholas School both amalgamate to become one school, operating as a single, larger establishment but based across two sites.  Eventually we would aim to base the school on one single site.  This may result in a slight reduction in places (from 110 to 105 pupils) and there would be places for 30 residential pupils.

There would be no change to pupil placements.

We are proposing that this change takes place from 1 September 2016.

Why We Are Consulting

We are now undertaking a consultation on this proposal to amalgamate Starhurst School and St Nicholas School. The Related Documents below contain the detailed proposal.

Please let us know what you think about the proposal

- either by completing the Online Survey

- or by using the response form in the Related Documents below.

The deadline for returning/submitting consultation responses is 12 noon on Tuesday 8 March 2016.


  • Elmbridge
  • Epsom and Ewell
  • Guildford
  • Mole Valley
  • Reigate and Banstead
  • Runnymede
  • Spelthorne
  • Surrey Heath
  • Tandridge


  • Young people
  • Children in care
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Youth workers
  • Health professionals working with children
  • Councillors, MPs
  • Children with disabilities
  • CSF staff
  • Carers
  • Headteachers
  • Health providers


  • Schools
  • 6-11 year olds
  • 12-19 year olds
  • Commissioning
  • Looked After Children and Care Leavers
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Disabilities
  • Parents and families
  • Staff
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • Safeguarding children
  • Health and wellbeing