West London Free School set to expand after planning permission granted


The West London Free School Academy Trust is opening a primary school this September.


By SWLondoner staff

A popular free school in Hammersmith is set to expand after plans to redevelop its current site were granted this week.

The news will come as a relief to many parents in the capital, after figures released today show that 240,000 new primary school places are needed across the country by 2014-15, 37% of those being in London.

The site, on Cambridge Grove, is currently used by the secondary school pupils, but will become solely a primary school from next year after several ground and first floor extensions and a brand new classroom block.

The school’s first intake will be a two-form entry at reception level, with two classes of 30 children in each.

On the ground floor will be a reception class block with two classrooms, toilets and a wet play area, while on the first floor there will be specialist classrooms.

Current classrooms will be made bigger, and a new storage area and library will be built.

Toby Young, chairman of the West London Free School, said: “We’re delighted our planning application has been approved. We know parents are interested in our education offer because the new primary school is already the most over-subscribed primary in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.”

The council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Helen Binmore, said the new buildings will provide much needed extra space for the borough’s pupils.

“This is great news for the borough, meaning more school places, with parents being given more choice and say over where they send their children to school,” she said. 

Photo courtesy of hammersmithandfulham, with thanks. 

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