ON Friday it was announced that Surrey County Council confirmed a four-year extension for the money-saving Babcock International Group to deliver school improvement and support services.
Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Linda Kemeny, said: “We want to ensure we meet and exceed the excellent standards currently being set in our high-quality schools.
“This new contract underlines our commitment to achieving that, despite growing demand for places putting a huge strain on our budgets, and the rising number of older people needing social care.
“It will ensure we continue to have some of the best state schools in the country and that Surrey’s children get the best possible start in life.”
This latest extension for the Surrey-based Education Joint Venture, Babcock 4S, will see its third term in a row – from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2019 – build on its successful track record over the last 10 years.
Director of Education Services at Babcock, Amanda Fisher, said: “Our groundbreaking partnership has delivered a sustainable approach to education and improved life chances for children and young people.
“By 2013, Surrey had risen to 15th in the national results for 5 A*-C GCSEs (including English and maths), with 68 per cent of students gaining this level.
“The venture has also delivered savings for the council of £12.7 million to date, through innovative service delivery.”
“Extending the contract means that Babcock 4S will continue to deliver the ‘Every School a Good School Project’ by 2017. The aim is that each of the 400 or so schools in the county is rated by Ofsted as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.
“The partnership aims to continue to make remarkable progress over the duration, a prior objective being for Surrey schools to be ranked in the Top Ten nationally at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) by 2019.”