Cabinet: Millions being spent to create Redbridge school places

More than 600 primary school places will be created for the next academic year with a further 90 the year after.

Last night Cabinet agreed to go ahead with the expansion of three primary schools after a consultation process received positive feedback.

It was also announced that more than �7 million had been awarded for building a new praimry school to open in 2014 on the former swimming pool in High Road, Ilford.

Cllr Alan Weinberg, cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “We were extremely pleased. We got approval for consultation and here are the results and the majority of people are happy, now let’s do it.”

Barley Lane Primary School, Huxley Drive, Chadwell Heath, Chadwell Primary School, High Road, Chadwell Heath and Downshall Primary School, Meads Lane, Seven Kings will all be expanded.

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Mr Weinberg said: “We consulted with the headteachers, the governing bodies and with the parents. We have an obligation to provide a school place for every child in the borough. The number of children is continuing to increase so we must plan for the future.”

The three schools will provide an additional 630 places beginning with the reception intake in 2013.

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Objections to the proposals included concerns about parking and traffic as well as there not being enough.

“We don’t just pour kids into a school, they need facilities and classrooms and possibly a larger turning hall,” Mr Weinberg said. “That’s why we do feasibility studies, if you expand schools they will need different things to cope with the expansion.”

During the meeting held at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, it was also announced that the ARK primary school which will be in High Road, Ilford had been awarded �7.135 million from the Education Funding Agency.

The new school is expected to be open in 2014 and will provid three forms of entry.

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