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School plan unveiled for Hillingdon

Five new primary schools could be built and two others expanded under plans being considered by councillors next week to help ensure every child has a school place.

News release: 06 February 2013

Like many boroughs in London and across the country, Hillingdon will see a sustained increase in the demand for places because of rising birth rates and people moving into the area.
Proposals up for discussion by the council's Cabinet on Thursday, February 14 include:

  • Four new primary schools in the south of the borough in the areas suffering greatest immediate pressure for school places
  • One on the RAF Uxbridge site to meet forecast need
  • Expansion of one primary school in the Yiewsley and North Ruislip areas to tackle the shortage of classroom space.
  • In total council officers predict the borough will need 15 new reception classrooms over the next six years.

Hillingdon Council is already investing over £149m on its ambitious building programme for schools - the largest of its kind in London. Last summer saw 15 schools in the borough get extra facilities ensuring all children had a place to go to in September. This was against a backdrop of a 10 per cent increase in demand for primary school places over the last five years.

The Cabinet report shows this trend will continue and recommends the development of detailed proposals for 'hotspot' areas where there is a need for extra places.  Future options to bridge the gap include working with potential providers of Free schools and other partners.

Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, said:

"We are firmly putting families first by ensuring we continue to plan effectively for the rise in demand for schools places.
"In doing this we want to ensure that we are providing the very best education for Hillingdon's children. That means building schools and extra classrooms of the right quality, in the right place.
"Some schools simply don't have the capacity to take extra classrooms so we are looking at all options including investing in new schools and working with other education providers so that the borough's children get a good education close to where they live."
With pressure for places moving into secondary schools by September 2017, the Cabinet will be considering proposals to deal with this demand in the autumn.

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