Plans have been approved to improve Sutton's educational provision for SEND kids at two different schools.

Sutton Council’s Planning Committee met on Wednesday (February 7) to consider two planning applications that would provide an increase in the number of places and dedicated spaces for children and young people in Sutton with complex special needs.

Both applications were granted, and the new Angel Hill Free School will open in September 2025.

Part of the Department for Education’s Free School programme, Angel Hill will see 96 new special school places created for children with complex special educational needs and disabilities.

The school will be operated by the Greenshaw Learning Trust, a Trust that is already well-established in Sutton with a strong record of operating good and outstanding schools across the borough.

The second planning application granted approval was improvement works to Sherwood Park School Hill Campus, a locally maintained special school that meets the needs of the borough's learners with autism.

The school is getting a new kitchen to replace the old serving area to help the school meet the needs of students with special dietary requirements.

In addition to the new kitchen, the school will also have extra spaces for students to relax and study.

There will be special areas for teaching and sensory activities as well.

These additional special school places, and enhancement of existing spaces, are integral to the borough’s SEND sufficiency strategy, designed to meet the increasing requirement for more high-quality specialist school places.

Councillor Marian James, Chair of Sutton Council’s People Committee, said: “These Planning Committee approvals are a very welcome development to create much-needed additional capacity for Sutton’s most complex learners.

“The dedicated learning spaces at Angel Hill will help students there to receive the very best education and support to help them thrive.

“I look forward to seeing these developments as they come to fruition."