Consultation on Primary School Expansion

St Paul's CE School to potentially double in size


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The council is consulting on plans to expand five primary schools across the borough to meet the growing need for school places.

Hounslow has one of the fastest growing birth rates in London and demand for places has increased from 3,134 to 4,561 a year in the last decade.

To meet the demand for places the council needs to increase the number of places available in schools in time for the start of term in September 2015.

A consultation has been launched this week, on proposals to expand five schools in areas with high demand.

The council want the views of parents, governors, staff and residents on the proposals to expand:

St Paul’s CE Primary
Beavers Primary
Hounslow Heath Infant & Nursery
Hounslow Heath Junior
St Mary’s RC, Isleworth.

Cllr Tom Bruce, cabinet member for education at the council, said:

“We’ve been creating extra classes in schools every year since 2008, but demand keeps growing so we need to keep planning ahead to make sure we have enough places in future.

“These schools have been chosen because they are in areas where there is demand for extra places and we think there is enough room for expansion to take place.

“It takes time to expand a school, so we’re asking for people’s views on the proposals now so we can make sure we can provide enough places by 2015.”

The consultation runs until 18 October, and a report on the findings will be published in December when the council will decide how to proceed. If the proposals are accepted, official notices on proposals for each school will be published in January 2014, when people will get the chance to have their say before a final decision is made in April.

In recent years, Brentford has seen a significant number of new homes being
built and there are plans for more in the future.

Projections for Brentford show that four new classes will be needed in
September 2015 and the council’s proposal is to expand St Paul’s CE Primary

The expansion of St Paul’s CE Primary School was consulted on during 2012.
However, at that time it was not possible to complete the expansion process
because accommodation for this expansion could not be secured within the
consultation timeframe. These issues are now being resolved and the council
is consulting again on proposals to expand the school from one form entry to two forms.

The rationale for this option is that:

demand for places is high and the school is consistently oversubscribed;
the school is judged by Ofsted to be a ‘good’ school;
the site is quite constrained and alternative options are being explored to
expand the school into Alexandra House, Albany Road, Brentford;
the cost of necessary building work is affordable.

View the consultation and have your say on the proposals.

September 16, 2013

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