Jul 16 2013

Cabinet asked to approve new school expansion plans

school_expansionSchools and residents will be given their say on plans to expand more primary schools in Harrow, if Harrow Council’s Cabinet approves the latest proposals at its meeting on July 18.

Harrow Council is responding to an unprecedented rise in the number of children needing reception places in the borough. According to census data, 15,916 children aged under five were recorded in the 2011 Census for Harrow, compared to 12,015 in the 2001 Census – a rise of 32 per cent. This number is set to rise, with the number of children needing reception places set to peak in around 2018.

Phase one of an ambitious school expansion programme is already underway, with eight schools permanently expanded from September 2013.

Cabinet has been asked to approve plans for phase two of the project, which would see up to 13 additional schools permanently expanded and will involve consulting schools and neighbouring residents.

The expansion, which the Council hopes will be funded largely through Government funding, will enable the Council to provide the vital places it needs. The Council has a legal obligation to provide a school place for every child.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Families Cllr Zarina Khalid said: “Harrow Council is leading the way when it comes to planning for this unprecedented rise in children aged under five-years-old. This rise is being seen elsewhere in London but unlike some other local authorities Harrow has planned well. So far, we have been able to offer places to every child who has applied – despite the numbers going up each year.

It is vital that schools and their communities have their say on these plans, will which will help Harrow Council to continue providing the best possible opportunities for young people.”

Statutory consultations will be held for 5 weeks during September and October 2013.  The following 5 schools are proposed for permanent expansion in 2014.

  • Aylward Primary School, Stanmore
  • Belmont Primary School, Wealdstone
  • Grange Primary School, Harrow
  • Norbury School, Harrow
  • Pinner Wood School, Pinner

The following 7 schools are proposed for permanent expansion in 2015.

  • Cannon Lane First and Cannon Lane Junior School, Pinner
  • Kenmore Park Infant and Nursery School and Kenmore Park Junior, Harrow
  • Newton Farm Nursery Infant and Junior School, South Harrow
  • Priestmead Primary School and Nursery, Kenton
  • St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School, Harrow
  • St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Pinner
  • Whitchurch First School and Whitchurch Junior School, Stanmore
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  1. Liz

    Why the government is not taking examples from other countries in Europe. For example in France system is divided into morning and afternoon school. Children are starting school from 8 am instead of 9 am. Younger children are finishing earlier and afternoon school starts at 2pm for older children in primary education as well as higher education. Why can`t it be something like this introduced in this country instead of wasting public money and expanding the schools for the extreme amounts of money. The need for additional places may not be needed in 10 years time.

  2. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    When I lived in France they started at 7am
     but there was no am/pm division – are you sure about that? And are you sure you want 5 year olds starting school at2pm
     and not finishing until 8pm
    , going home in the dark and freezing cold weather, say8:30pm
    , then dinner straight away because it’s already way past bedtime for a 5 year old whose not going to get tucked in with a story until 9pm
    ? Conversely do you really want to be waking a 5 year old up at5am
     so they can be dropped off at school, in the dark and freezing cold, for 7am
    ? The kids are here, right now, and they’re 5 years old; so we’re expanding primary schools.  

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