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Jan 15 2012

Statutory Consultation on Harrow Primary School Expansion Begins

A borough-wide consultation about the proposed Primary School Expansion Programme was held from 10 October to 11 November 2011.  Having considered the outcomes of the consultation and the initial school site feasibility studies for building works to expand schools, Harrow Cabinet at its meeting on 15 December 2011 approved moving a final list of schools to the statutory processes for permanent expansion.

The schools proposed in this statutory consultation for permanent expansion from 2013 are:

Eagle-eyed readers will note that the two Welldon Park Schools in South Harrow have been removed from the list.

Harrow Council is (it says here) keen to know your views, and you can respond from tomorrow, February 16, 2012 until Monday 27 February 2012  by using their online consultation.

On 4 April 2012 Harrow Cabinet will consider the outcome of these statutory consultations and will decide whether or not to publish statutory proposals in relation to each school.

More detailed information is available via the consultation and Harrow Cabinet links above, and in the consultation papers for each school, which can be viewed by clicking on each of the  links for each school name, above.

Notes

  • It is anticipated that additional schools will be proposed for permanent expansion in later phase(s).
  • The demand for additional places is such that all community primary schools in Harrow will be part of the strategic approach to meet the increased demand for school places, and those schools not proposed for permanent expansion will be identified in a programme for temporary Reception classes (often referred to as bulge classes) during the next five years.
  • The opening of bulge classes will depend on actual demand around the borough, and the use of bulge classes will be monitored and reviewed annually.
  • Any increase in provision by voluntary aided schools or through new free schools will be factored into planning.

In common with many local authorities, Harrow needs to create more primary school places to meet the growing demand for places.  Harrow ‘s schools are successful and popular with parents and pupils.  Our challenge is to find ways to increase the number of places while ensuring that educational standards are maintained.

The consultation documents for each school don’t go into whether there will be additional buildings, a reconfiguration of existing space, or whether they’ll be ‘mobile classrooms’ shoved into a car park somewhere, noting only that “…architects have discussed the current school buildings with the school and have developed possible solutions involving a mix of significant new build and refurbishment to accommodate additional pupils at the school, ” and that, “the proposed accommodation solutions will be shared at consultation meetings arranged by the school.”

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