By Michael Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
COVETED: Therfield School in Leatherhead
The breakdown comes just weeks after Surrey County Council revealed that one in ten applications for places this year had come from parents in London looking to send their child to school in Surrey.
In Mole Valley, 78 preferences were made from parents outside Surrey of the 2,112 registered preferences.
St Andrew’s Catholic Secondary School in Leatherhead received the most applications from outside the county with 51 of 617 for 2015. This is an increase from 43 of a total 584 applications in 2014.
Therfield School, Leatherhead, was second in Mole Valley with 19 outside applications from a total of 367, representing a small fall from 2014 when 24 applications were made by parents outside the county.
Five applications out of 472 were received by The Priory Church of England School in Dorking, up from its 2014 number, while just two applications were made to neighbours The Ashcombe School.
The figures come as senior officers and councillors at Surrey County Council try to deal with the county’s biggest ever school-place crisis which has left them trying to create thousands of new places in the next few years in the face of rising numbers and lower funding.
In December, council leader David Hodge said the authority would no longer be in a position to guarantee school places after saying he would no longer approve borrowing money from the Government to fund new school projects.
The Conservative leader said the taxpayer would no longer be “saddled” with what he called enormous borrowing charges after claiming the authority would have to borrow more than £200 million in the next five years, a sum which would take more than 40 years to pay off.
Nearly 4,000 new places are expected to be created in time for the 2015 academic year with 20 schools being expanded to create the equivalent of nine new two-form entry primary schools with nearly £330 million needed to create 20,000 new places by 2019.
Elsewhere in the county, Warlingham School in Tandridge received the most outside applications with 456 of 757 preferences in 2015.