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Hillingdon Council goes the extra (million) miles

Hillingdon Council pulled out all the stops to ensure there was extra classroom space for 870 pupils starting school this term - with head teachers giving the new facilities a resounding thumbs-up.

Cllr David Simmonds with Head teacher Geraldine Mappley and reception children from Bourne Primary School

News release: 19 September 2013

Classrooms and play areas have been built at 18 primary schools this year, as part of the council's groundbreaking £150m investment programme, which is delivering 6,500 additional primary school places.

The demand for school places in Hillingdon remains high and is forecast to continue. In the last three months alone, the council has experienced an unprecedented high number of late applications for a school place from families who have moved into the borough.  The council is working with schools to ensure every child is offered a school place.

Councillor David Simmonds, Cabinet member for Education and Children's Services said: "This brilliant achievement for the second year running means in just two years we've created nearly 1700 new places to ensure every child gets the best possible education. The late influx of pupils highlights the formidable task of finding sufficient places for every pupil and we have been working closely with schools across the borough to accommodate these children."

Meanwhile, head teachers have been applauding the new facilities at their schools.

Geraldine Mappley, Head Teacher at Bourne Primary School said: "I'm over the moon.We were bursting at the seams and the extra space has helped us to better deliver the national curriculum."

Pupils at the school, which was built 51 years ago, returned to two new foundation level classrooms, which have freed up space for small group learning in the whole school.

At Field End Infants School, four new classrooms, external play areas and a new multi-use games area will also enhance reception and nursery level schooling. The original building at Field End dates from the fifities.

Paul Dodds, Head Teacher at Harefield Primary School said: "Our two new classrooms are a great asset to the school. They were built very quickly and on time and will help us to meet growing numbers of pupils in the future."

While Andrea Fricker Head Teacher at Hermitage Primary School said: "It's very exciting seeing a new building come up at the side of the school. The team are working very hard and we're looking forward to moving into phase one of the development in 2014."

Hermitage school is growing from one to two-form entry and year six pupils are already occupying a new temporary classroom.

Due to rising birth rates and more families moving into the borough, the demand for early years and primary school places in Hillingdon has been rising over the last six years and is forecast to continue to grow.

In 2011 and 2012, Hillingdon's programme already delivered new classrooms, libraries, dining facilities and play areas to 16 primary schools throughout the borough.

The programme will also include three new schools at St Andrew's Park, Uxbridge, Lake Farm, Hayes and Yiewsley/West Drayton, creating nearly 1900 school places for children aged 3-11, where they are most needed in the borough.

Hillingdon recently announced that it will get £38.1m of government funding towards the project, with £19.5m going towards expansion projects and £18.6m towards three new schools.

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