An MP believes a school site has been saved from redevelopment after she urged the Government to consult with parents.

Grasvenor Avenue Infants School will close at the end of this term, but will now be repurposed as an extra site for Northway Special School, which is in The Fairway, Barnet.

Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers says she is relieved the site will still be used for education after asking for the site not to be sold to developers.

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Mrs Villiers said: “When I was briefed by the Department for Education last year that closure was being considered because of falling pupil numbers, I emphasised the importance of engaging with local parents before a final decision was made."

Work has already started to make the Grasvenor Avenue site ready for Northway staff and students, in time for the start of the next academic year in September.

The MP says she pushed back against any proposal that the school site be knocked down and sold off to build flats.

Mrs Villiers added: “While it is sad that Grasvenor School is closing, it is good news that the school buildings will be providing new expanded facilities for children.

“I hope to visit as soon as they are settled in.”