Chil­dren cheer for new school

Pupils set­tle in at for­mer RAF site

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

CHIL­DREN cheered with joy for their new school built on the for­mer RAF Uxbridge site.

Pupils at John Locke Academy, in Baden Road, on St An­drew’s Park Es­tate in Uxbridge, are be­gin­ning to set­tle in after join­ing the school when it first opened three weeks ago.

There are only two re­cep­tion classes and one nurs­ery class at the mo­ment, but when the pri­mary school is full it will hold around 600 stu­dents.

Head­teacher Dar­rell But­ler, the for­mer deputy head of Hilling­don Pri­mary School, said: “It is quiet at the mo­ment but it is a lovely new school with brand new fa­cil­i­ties.

“It is very peace­ful – you would hardly know we are in the cen­tre of Uxbridge.”

The school is sur­rounded by play­ing fields and boasts a multi-use games area which can be used by sports clubs in the evenings and week­ends.

Young­sters last week were en­joy­ing their new play­grounds and the at­ten­tion of teach­ers in small classes.

“Once fam­i­lies move into the new homes in St An­drew’s Park they will be able to bring their chil­dren here,” Mr But­ler said.

Work at St An­drew’s Park, a mul­ti­mil­lion­pound re­gen­er­a­tion project to re­vi­talise the for­mer RAF Uxbridge base on Hilling­don Hill, be­gan last year.

The project on the 110acre site will take an es­ti­mated seven years to com­plete.

When it is fin­ished it will hold 1,340 new homes, 45 acres of pub­lic space, leisure fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a new the­atre and a mu­seum, and 20,000 square me­tres of com­mer­cial space for shops and busi­nesses.

As well as the new pri­mary school, there will be a GP surgery in the park and sup­ported hous­ing for el­derly res­i­dents.

John Locke Academy, run by the El­liot Foun­da­tion, was given the name after the 17th cen­tury philoso­pher and en­light­en­ment thinker.

n PEACE­FUL: Chil­dren and teach­ers at new school, John Locke Academy

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