Barkingside primary will relocate to make way for Hindu school

Plans for a Jewish primary school in Barkingside to be moved next to King Solomon High School in a �10million development have been agreed.

The move means Ilford’s first Hindu school, I-Foundation, is one step closer to being developed on the site currently occupied by Ilford Jewish Primary School in Carlton Drive.

The application was agreed after a regulatory committee at Redbridge Town Hall gave the green light for the primary school to relocate to the secondary school site in Forest Road, Barkingside, last week.

Clare Mehlman, vice chairwoman of governors at Ilford Jewish Primary said: “We are delighted with this news.

“It will be an enormous opportunity to reinvigorate Jewish education in the area and the whole community.

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“The project has been made possible by the forthcoming sale of the current site to the local authority, together with the enormous support of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), who have backed the project both financially and with their expertise.”

Redbridge Council has agreed to proceed immediately with the signing of an agreement to enable the new school to open in September 2013.

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Ilford’s first Hindu school, which is as yet unnamed, but given the working title of Krishna-Avanti Primary School Redbridge, is set to open on the Carlton Drive site in 2013.

I-Foundation Chairman Nitesh Gor said: “We’re really pleased with the news as it means we can progress as planned.

“The intake for the new school will be staged in year groups when we do open in 2013,” he added.

Spencer Lewis, headteacher at King Solomon High School said “King Solomon is very excited to be welcoming Ilford Jewish Primary School to the campus, which further demonstrates our partnership with other community organisations.”

Jonathan Goldstein, who chairs the Redbridge Community Change Project on behalf of the Jewish Leadership Council, said fundraising would now begin to bridge a �2million gap from the sale of the school to fund the overall cost of the project.

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