Proposal to amalgamate Manor Mead and Walton Leigh Schools

Closed 27 Jun 2018

Opened 23 May 2018

Feedback updated 29 Jun 2018

We asked

We asked for your views on our proposal to amalgamate Manor Mead and Walton Leigh Schools and increase pupil numbers. These were due to be implemented in September 2018.

You said

A total of seven responses were received during the consultation period which closed at midday on Wednesday 27 June 2018, all agreed with the proposal.

During the consultation period, two public meetings were held on 14 June 2018: 1.30pm at Walton Leigh and 7pm at Manor Mead. One parent attended the meeting at Manor Mead School and discussed the proposals with Local Authority representatives and the Schools Management team.

The parent who attended the meeting expressed support for the proposal. Individual written comments were provided by most respondents which were positive about the benefits this proposal would bring for children, parents and staff. One respondent noted that their agreement was subject to the development of the capacity of the existing building at Walton Leigh School.

We did

As a result of the consultation process it has been decided to proceed with the proposals and a paper will be presented to the Cabinet Member for All Age Learning in July to recommend the publication of a statutory notice to be issued in the autumn term. This will give a further four week period for interested parties to make representations.

Following this period it is planned that a paper detailing the proposal and consultation outcomes will be presented to the Leader of the Council.


The school and Surrey County Council is proposing to amalgamate Manor Mead and Walton Leigh schools to become one school from January 2019, based over the two current sites.

Manor Mead and Walton Leigh schools are joined together as a ‘hard federation’. This means that they are under the leadership of one Executive Headteacher and one Governing Body but that each school is an individual organisation with a different Department for Education (DfE) registration and school budget. Generally pupils attending Manor Mead School transfer and attend Walton Leigh for their secondary and post 16 education. Both schools achieved an outcome of 'Outstanding' in their last OFSTED inspections.

It is proposed that there is an increase in the planned place number of 8 places. The current planned place number is 152 across both schools. The increase would provide planned place numbers of 160 at the amalgamated school. It is proposed that these places are available to appropriate pupils across all year groups, as applicants arise.

Surrey County Council, Manor Mead and Walton Leigh schools would like to seek your views on this proposal.  The consultation will open on 23rd May 2018.

Public meetings are planned at Walton Leigh School on Thursday 14 June 2018 at 1:30pm and at Manor Mead School on Thursday 14 June 2018 at 7pm.

All are welcome to attend.


Why we are consulting

We are now undertaking a consultation on this proposed amalgamation of Manor Mead and Walton Leigh Schools. The Related Documents below contain the detailed proposal and published statutory notices.

Please let us know what you think about the proposals:

- 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 midday on Wednesday 27 June 2018.


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