To meet the local rising demand, Coombe Wood School (CWS) will be a new secondary, fully inclusive co-educational comprehensive school serving the communities in South and Central Croydon for children aged 11-18. At full capacity the School will have a maximum of 1680 please. South Croydon is a combination of mixed housing with leafy suburbs. Out of the three neighbouring authorities, Croydon faces the most significant challenge for providing adequate secondary school places in the next decade. Current local educational provision comprises a blend of successful fee-paying schools, faith schools and mixed comprehensives, with sought-after selective opportunities across the border in Sutton and Bromley.
Following a successful bid application and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) approval, the School will open in temporary accommodation in September 2018, subject to final planning permission from Croydon Council. Applications closed on October 31st 2017 with over 500 written applications received for the 180 places. Applicants are offered places based on feeder school and distance criteria. 10% of the intake will be offered to those applicants who have demonstrated an aptitude for sport, having undertaken aptitude assessments.
Following an extensive procurement process run by the ESFA, a full planning application is now being prepared to be submitted to Croydon Council. When planning permission is granted in late May 2018 construction of the permanent build can then begin.