Proposal to expand Freemantles School

Closed 19 Apr 2021

Opened 22 Feb 2021

Feedback updated 27 Apr 2021

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to expand Freemantles to meet the increased demand for specialist placements for children with a primary need of Autism?

You said

A total of 38 responses were received and analysed.  Of the 38 responses, 85% agreed with the proposal, 8% disagreed with the proposal and 6% did not know or offer a position.

We did

We plan to publish statutory notices on 13 May 2021. After the four week statutory notice period we will approach the Lead Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal.


Surrey County Council, together with Freemantles School is looking at how best to provide the additional school places needed in the North West area.

Freemantles is specialist all-through school in Woking for pupils aged 4 - 19. The school provides primarily for pupils with complex Autism (ASD) and associated learning difficulties which is known locally in Surrey as Complex Social and Communication Needs (CSCN).

The school is currently one form of entry (1FE). The school has previously admitted one form of entry (9 pupils) into each year group in National Curriculum Years Reception to 11, with one form of entry (8 pupils) from Years 12-14. This gave a total planned place number of 132.

Our proposal is to expand Freemantles School to accommodate a total of 270 pupils by providing an additional 72 places in National Curriculum Years 7 to 14.

These changes would come into effect from September 2021.

Some works would be undertaken on Freemantles' School site to increase the capacity to accommodate the additional pupils.

Surrey County Council and Freemantles School would like to seek your views on this proposal.  The consultation will open on Monday 22nd February 2021.

Public meetings are planned at online on Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 7pm. If you would like to attend, please email to register your interest and you will be sent a link to the online event.

All are welcome to attend.


Why your views matter

We are now undertaking a consultation on this proposed expansion of Freemantles. 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 Monday 19th April 2021.



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