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Muslim school trustee says plans will ‘ease places problem’ in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 16:19 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:19 02 July 2015

Al Noor primary school head Someera Butt and trustee Sadiq Kothia in the playground

Al Noor primary school head Someera Butt and trustee Sadiq Kothia in the playground

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A charity and the council will join forces to open a Muslim primary school in 2017 if plans are given the go-ahead.

Al-Noor Foundation – which already runs Al-Noor Muslim Primary School, Green Lane, Goodmayes – has put forward proposals to build a voluntary aided primary school, which will provide places for 420 pupils by 2022.

The project could see Redbridge Council invest £8.5million into the new school which will be located on the site of the existing independent school and on a new site adjacent, which was bought by the foundation.

Al-Noor hopes the project will deal with the demand for Muslim faith schools in the borough.

The proposal document read: “Over a third of the children in the London Borough of Redbridge are Muslim and a voluntary aided school with a Muslim ethos will broaden the family of faith schools which currently exists in Redbridge.”

It adds: “Schools with a faith-ethos have proven to deliver strong academic results as well as engrain a strong sense of morality within pupils which they take with them into later life.”

The school will become the borough’s first voluntary aided Muslim primary school, with Christian, Jewish and Hindu schools already operating.

Al-Noor trustee Sadiq Kothia said: “We’re very excited to be joining with the council. We’re very much looking forward to it should it go ahead.

“There aren’t any voluntary aided Muslim schools in the borough and the community will be welcoming the news.”

He added: “The borough has a massive shortage of school places and we’re helping to ease that problem by giving our land.”

In a notice posted to Al-Noor’s website, trustee Daud Juneja said: “The new school will be a primary school providing high quality education with a Muslim ethos serving the whole community.”

Visit al-noor.co.uk to view the proposals.

Anyone who wants to make a representation regarding the plans should email alnoor.representations@redbridge.gov.uk

The deadline is July 23.


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