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DfE backs Hillingdon in school provider selection

Hillingdon Council's preferred providers have been chosen to run the three new primary schools planned for the borough in its pioneering £150m school buildings programme - the largest in London.

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News release: 17 December 2013

The Elliot Foundation, Park Federation Trust and the LDBS Frays Academy Trust have been selected by the Department of Education (DfE) to help provide the essential extra places needed over the next few years. The schools will be based in Uxbridge, Hayes and West Drayton respectively and open in September 2014 and 2015.

In July, the DfE announced funding for Hillingdon of £39.3m, with £20.3m going towards expansion projects at 14 schools and £19m for the three new schools. 

Councillor David Simmonds said: "By choosing Hillingdon's recommended schools, the DfE has recognised the enormous efforts that we have made to ensure a high class education close to home for all primary school pupils.
 
"This fantastic news  is another huge step forward in our visionary schools improvement programme which is building new school places for the extra 6,500 pupils we have forecasted." 
 
The LDBS Frays Academy Trust already runs three primary schools in Cowley,Yiewsley and West Drayton. Its values, based on the Church of England, have been highly successful in including children from all backgrounds and nurturing them to achieve their potential and beyond.
 
Chris Cole, Executive Headteacher and Chief Executive said:  "Our strategy of being community-focused has been very successful in helping to provide education tailored to the needs of the children and the local people. Their success can be seen in the proven popularity of our schools and in the pupils' achievements." 

Hayes-based The Park Federation Trust has significant experience in successfully running very large schools in diverse communities and already runs two academies locally, allowing it to support teachers with curriculum advice, back office services, professional help and advice and leadership capacity.
 
Dr Martin Young, Chief Executive and Federation Principal said: "We will work hard with local families and the local community to make this a great school for the children of Hayes. Our two other Hayes academies, Cranford Park and Wood End Park, are practical examples of the wonderful things that can be achieved when everybody - children, parents, carers and staff colleagues - dedicate themselves to providing the very best for young people."
 
The Elliot Foundation sponsors 15 academies across England and believes that great schools are at the heart of their community. In less than 18 months the organisation has delivered substantial improvement in schools regarded as weak by parents. This has been achieved by working closely with other local primary schools in each area and with other schools in the foundation.
 
Founder, Professor. Caroline Whalley said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to shape something amazing, to create an inspirational learning space with no legacy, just pure optimism and to build a community school with huge ambitions and aspirations for its children and community."
 
In common with the rest of London, the rising population has placed huge demands on the borough's schools and Hillingdon has been at the forefront of moves to ensure local children can get a quality education on their doorstep.   For more information about the school facilities being built in your local area, and to apply for the new schools, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/7632/Schools-and-learning

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