Plans for an expanded Woolwich Polytechnic School have been submitted to Greenwich Council as part of the academy starting to accept girls.

Woolwich Poly is currently only co-educational in sixth form, but these plans will see the school starting to accept girls from a younger age.

The new secondary school, built on the current playing field next door, is planned to be opened in September 2019.

The new Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls will be for eight forms as a secondary school from GCSE up through to sixth form.

The new building will be able to accommodate 1,200 new pupils, and includes a four-court sports hall and new dance studio.

It will include 29 classrooms, ten science laboratories, eight ICT suites, three art classrooms, and classrooms for music, drama and general practice.

A very wide range of backgrounds is represented in Woolwich Poly, with approximately one-in-four pupils being from a white British background.

In its last Ofsted Report in 2011, the school received an “outstanding” Ofsted report and 45% of students achieving A*-A grades in their recent A-Levels.