Three schools set to expand

Wed 23 January 2013, 5:05 pm

Ealing Council this week formally approved the expansion plans of three borough schools.

The authority’s cabinet backed plans to expand Mandeville School in Greenford, creating space for an extra 45 pupils with special educational needs.

Senior councillors also agreed to publish proposals to rebuild Springhallow School, in West Ealing, in a move that would increase its capacity by 50 pupils.

Work on the project at the school - which caters for children with autistic spectrum disorders and severe learning difficulties - could commence next year, depending on the outcome of the consultation.

Additionally, Ealing’s cabinet gave their support for a joint funding agreement with Brent Council that would see the expansion of Vicars Green Primary School, in Alperton, by up to 210 pupils across all year groups.

Councillor Patricia Walker, Ealing’s children and young people lead, said the intake of Vicars Green was evenly split between both boroughs.

“The increasing demand on schools means that we need to be creative and think beyond borough boundaries when looking to expand the number of places available," she said.

“This is a sensible solution that works for both councils, as well as local parents.”

She added that increasing the borough’s special needs provision was a necessary response to the proportional effects of the rising birth rate.

“These expansions will mean that some of our most vulnerable local children will be able to attend excellent Ealing schools rather than potentially travel long distances out of borough,” she said.

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