Schools set to ex­pand to meet de­mand for places

Five schools in East­cote, North­wood and Ruis­lip to ben­e­fit from £150mil­lion project

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FIVE schools in Hilling­don bor­ough are set to grow as part of the coun­cil’s £150mil­lion ex­pan­sion pro­gramme to ful­fil the grow­ing de­mand on pri­mary school places.

Newn­ham In­fants and Ju­nior Schools in East­cote are ear­marked to in­crease, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of more pupils ar­riv­ing at the schools from Septem­ber 2017 on­wards.

Ground­work for a new tem­po­rary class­room will be­gin this week over half term, and will be built over the sum­mer hol­i­days in readi­ness for more pupils ar­riv­ing at the school next year.

This tem­po­rary class­room will en­able chil­dren in the area to ac­cess high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion close to home, Hilling­don Coun­cil say.

The changes at Newn­ham Schools are the lat­est step in Hilling­don Coun­cil’s school build­ing and ex­pan­sion pro­gramme, en­abling the school to ac­com­mo­date an ad­di­tional class in each year group, to meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for pri­mary school places in the bor­ough.

Hilling­don Coun­cil says it has been striv­ing to meet this de­mand by in­vest­ing £150mil­lion in a pri­mary school build­ing and ex­pan­sion pro­gramme, which is ‘ one of the big­gest in Lon­don’.

Cllr David Sim­monds, deputy leader of the coun­cil and cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “Hilling­don Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to help­ing chil­dren in the bor­ough to ac­cess their cho­sen schools.

“The ex­pan­sion at Newn­ham School is the next step in an on­go­ing pro­gramme of coun­cil funded school im­prove­ments and new builds.”

The coun­cil is in­tend­ing to per­ma­nently ex­pand Newn­ham In­fant and Ju­nior Schools, as well as Hill­side In­fant and Ju­nior Schools, in North­wood, and War­ren­der Pri­mary School, in Ruis­lip.

Ad­di­tional class­rooms will be added over the sum­mer hol­i­days where needed, min­imis­ing dis­rup­tion to the school timetable.

When statis­tics on pri­mary school places were re­leased in April, Hilling­don topped Lon­don bor­oughs for fam­i­lies re­ceiv­ing of­fers at their pre­ferred pri­mary schools, with 96% of ap­pli­cants re­ceiv­ing of­fers at one of their top three schools.Most got their first choice school, but 14% missed out.

Hilling­don Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to help­ing chil­dren in the bor­ough to ac­cess their cho­sen schools”

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