Plans for new school get backing from Harrow Borough Council

Proposals to expand a primary school to create a new secondary school have been given the go-ahead.

The plans for Whitefriars Community School in Wealdstone include the permanent expansion of the age range to include secondary school pupils.

Harrow Borough Council says the decision to expand the Whitefriars Avenue school and create a new secondary will help the authority fulfil its statutory duty to provide sufficient school places in its area.

Cabinet member for schools Councillor Janet Mote said an all-through school, would be "a great addition" to Wealdstone.

She Cllr Mote said the council will develop a planning application and must seek the views of neighbours and parents before any development can take place

She added: “It will allow us to provide vitally-needed school places, as well as offering modern facilities to teach children and for the community.

“We hope to develop any proposals in line with the school’s plans to convert to an academy, and will work with them and the local community to ensure that the development provides facilities for both.

“While we realise there will be some hurdles, we are hopeful that by March we will be in a position to make a decision about the future size and age range of Whitefriars Community School."

The new school will include the site in Whitefriars Avenue and also the Harrow Teachers Centre next to the school in Tudor Road.

Under the plans intake for the school would be phased in over time with the first Year 7 class starting at the new school in September 2015.

The expansion proposals would expand the school to an 'all-through' school for children aged four to 16.

It would offer three forms of entry, 90 places in each year group, to primary-aged children, and five forms of entry to secondary-aged children, 150 places per year group.

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3:01pm Wed 18 Dec 13

betty64 says...

There are already two High Schools in this area with related traffic and anti social behaviour. What is the Council going to about this issue before it starts to plan this school?

The people of Wealdstone need to best to listened to not just told about this .

There needs to be meaningful dialogue with residents not just lip service !!!
There are already two High Schools in this area with related traffic and anti social behaviour. What is the Council going to about this issue before it starts to plan this school? The people of Wealdstone need to best to listened to not just told about this . There needs to be meaningful dialogue with residents not just lip service !!! betty64

11:57pm Wed 18 Dec 13

pravinshah1 says...

In opposing the Hindu free school at the Teachers Centre, Councillor Hall supported local concerns and agreed that the proposals were “concerning”. She said, “I am terribly concerned about the location, because there’s going to be poor access to the school making the traffic situation an absolute nightmare”: ‘New free school will cause 'disastrous' traffic’: Harrow Times on 28/6/12.

But now her minority administration has instigated a similar initiative – what hypocrisy!

Pravin Shah
Agent for Marlborough and Wealdstone Independents
In opposing the Hindu free school at the Teachers Centre, Councillor Hall supported local concerns and agreed that the proposals were “concerning”. She said, “I am terribly concerned about the location, because there’s going to be poor access to the school making the traffic situation an absolute nightmare”: ‘New free school will cause 'disastrous' traffic’: Harrow Times on 28/6/12. But now her minority administration has instigated a similar initiative – what hypocrisy! Pravin Shah Agent for Marlborough and Wealdstone Independents pravinshah1

8:03pm Thu 19 Dec 13

pravinshah1 says...

In opposing the Hindu free school at the Teachers Centre, Councillor Hall supported local concerns and agreed that the proposals were “concerning”.
She said, “I am terribly concerned about the location, because there’s going to be poor access to the school making the traffic situation an absolute nightmare”: ‘New free school will cause 'disastrous' traffic’: Harrow Times on 28/6/12
But now her minority administration has instigated a similar initiative – what a hypocrisy!
In opposing the Hindu free school at the Teachers Centre, Councillor Hall supported local concerns and agreed that the proposals were “concerning”. She said, “I am terribly concerned about the location, because there’s going to be poor access to the school making the traffic situation an absolute nightmare”: ‘New free school will cause 'disastrous' traffic’: Harrow Times on 28/6/12 But now her minority administration has instigated a similar initiative – what a hypocrisy! pravinshah1

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