Borough floats primary school expansion plans

by Jim Dunton Thu 12 September 2013, 10:38 am

Ealing Council has unveiled proposals to permanently boost the number of places at three borough primary schools to help meet increasing demand.

It is proposing to admit an extra 30 pupils a year to West Twyford Primary School in Acton, and St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School in Northolt. The move would eventually see each school accommodate an additional 210 pupils.

Clifton Primary School in Southall, meanwhile, would expand by half a form of entry, meaning that an additional 15 pupils would enter its reception class in 2014 - ultimately increasing its capacity by 105 children.

Launching a consultation on the proposals earlier this month, Ealing said it would seek planning permission to expand both schools' buildings if a decision was taken to proceed with the plans.

Councillor Jasbir Anand, council cabinet member for children and young people, said the school expansions were necessary even though the authority had created thousands of extra school places in recent years.

“The pressure on primaries remains, so we are continuing to plan ahead so that every Ealing child has the school place they are entitled to,” she said.

“Each of these schools is over-subscribed with many more applications than there are places every year.

“If the proposed expansions go ahead, it will mean more families will be able to secure a place at their local school, which has to be a good thing.”

A consultation on the proposals is open until 6 October.

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