December 21 2013 Latest news:
by Amanda Nunn
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The borough’s first independent Muslim primary school may be funded by the council after £60,000 was approved for a feasibility study.
A trustee of the Al-Noor Muslim Primary School, in Green Lane, Goodmayes, said it was something the school had been working towards for the past eight years.
Under the proposals the school would be expanded from one class in each year to three, and a new building would encompass the plot next door which includes the former White Hart pub site.
Sadiq Kothia, trustee of the Al Noor Foundation, said: “It has always been our aspiration to be part of the family of faith schools within Redbridge, as well as continuing the positive contribution which Al-Noor Primary has made towards the local community for the past 10 years.”
Mr Kothia said the demand for school places in Redbridge and increasing capacity of Al-Noor, which opened in 2002, were motivating factors for wanting the school to come under the local authority.
“We live in a very diverse borough, and welcome the opportunity to provide all children with the opportunity to realise their fullest potential,” he said.
“Al-Noor as an organisation is passionate about education, and the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum for all.”
Children of all faiths are welcome to attend the school – something which would continue under the changes.
The money was given the green light at the Redbridge Council cabinet meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road Ilford on Thursday.
Cllr Alan Weinberg, cabinet member for children’s services, said he welcomed the study and the possible changes, saying it would provide additional school places.
“They recognise the value of the education system in our borough and I think it says a lot that they want to come into the family of Redbridge,” he said.
“I’m a great supporter of faith schools as it gives parents choice.”