Primary school set to be rebuilt and expanded

by Jim Dunton Fri 29 November 2013, 2:37 pm

A West Ealing school is to be rebuilt and expanded in size in a move partly funded by the sale of some of its existing grounds.

Ealing Council’s cabinet has approved proposals to build new premises for St John’s Primary School that will be a third bigger than its current buildings.

The authority said the move was part of its primary school expansion programme, which began in 2009, and would be paid for in part by selling some of the school’s existing land to developers Rydon and A2 Dominion - the firms behind the £155 million regeneration of the neighbouring Green Man Lane estate.

Ealing said the work would create an additional class for each year group, as well as providing purpose-built accommodation for pupils with special educational needs.

Councillor Jasbir Anand, Ealing’s cabinet member for children and young people, said the additional 210 places at the new school would take pressure off other local schools.

“We always try and expand existing school buildings where we can, but a complete rebuild is the best option for St John’s as many of their buildings were coming to the end of their lifespan,” she said.

“I’m pleased to say that our agreement with Rydon and A2 Dominion means that we will rebuild the school at a relatively low cost to the public purse.”

The council said initial proposals to build flats above the new school had been dropped as they would have limited the size and scope of the new buildings.

It said planning permission for the scheme would be sought early next year, with the new school expected to be complete in September 2016.

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