A plan to build an all-weather sports pitch should also help secure funding for a new multi-million pound secondary school in Runnymede.

The pitch would provide a new sports grounds for newly opened Chertsey High School, while unlocking Government funding that would allow the school to move into state-of-the-art premises.

The school opened in September to meet growing demand for school places in Runnymede and is currently in temporary premises in Addlestone.

It will eventually provide 600 extra school places.

The plan is for Abbey Rangers Football Club to share the pitch, helping to secure the future of the long-standing local club.

The proposal was enthusiastically received at last week's cabinet meeting of Surrey County Council and the contract to build the £18million home for the new school will now be put out to tender.

The scheme has already been awarded £75,000 thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival and the Government should also contribute.

Mary Lewis, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This proposal is excellent news for Chertsey as it’ll mean a brand new purpose-built building to help deal with the growing need for extra school places. It’s also pleasing that contributions from Surrey’s role in the RideLondon-Surrey cycle events would go towards the vital cause of providing our children with the best possible start in life.

“Despite school schemes like this, we still face a shortfall in the funds. We need to create thousands of extra places to meet demand in Surrey which is why we’re continuing to call on the government to provide the county with fair funding.”