Save Warlingham Village Primary School

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Warlingham Village Primary School (WVPS) has been serving the local community since 1912 and is an OFSTED Outstanding Primary School. As part of the Tandridge Local Plan, we, as parents and residents, have now found out that Surrey County Council (SCC) plan to 'reprovision' the school at the Greenacres site (Limpsfield Road). 

This is something which has not been discussed openly with the public, parents or community but has been ongoing 'confidentially' for more than 18 months.

We have received no transparency from SCC regarding the plans or seen whether any viable options have been considered as to the expansion of the existing site, something which we believe is a viable option.

Major concerns around the proposed new site include:
* Detrimental impact on the catchment area of Warlingham East, Chelsham & Farleigh, who may no longer be able to attain a place, or walk to their local school (current catchment of WVPS in 2017/18 & 2018/19 is 500 meters).

* An increase in traffic and congestion around an area which already has a 2 form entry primary school within 1/4 mile of the proposed new school. This school (Hamsey Green) is undersubscribed currently and should be invested in, providing schooling for existing local children and those who will be coming to Warlingham West within the proposed housing development in the village. 

* Threat to child safety - there will be nearly 2000 children aged 4-16 crossing a very busy road every day. How is this risk going to be mitigated?

* Removal of well-used Sports Ground facilities at Greenacres & John Fisher, which are currently on the Green Belt land, which is proposed to be removed and allocated for housing development and the new school.  Where will these be re-accommodated within the local community?

We believe this is being done so that SCC can repurpose/sell the land on Farleigh Road. We believe there is a viable option to retain the school building and increase the capacity of the school to a 2-form entry on the existing site, meeting the needs of the local population.

If we aren't able to stop this closure and 'relocation', then 100+ years of history and a valuable resource for the village will be lost. We would like transparency from SCC & Tandridge District Council (TDC) around what has been considered and any reasons for not pursuing those options. 

If the school does need to be moved, after the exploration and clarification of all viable options, then we strongly feel that the location of a new school on the Greenacres site is grossly unsuitable and should be reconsidered.

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