Hounslow Council has been advised that, with regret, the Board of Floreat Education Academies Trust and the Department for Education (DfE) have, by mutual consent, taken the decision to close Floreat.
Published: Friday, 9th February 2018
Hounslow Council has been advised that, with regret, the Board of Floreat Education Academies Trust and the Department for Education (DfE) have, by mutual consent, taken the decision to close Floreat Primary School in Brentford in July 2018.
This decision has been agreed in principle by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System.
Recent developments, including difficulty in securing additional suitable space for the school on its temporary site and declining numbers in the short term, has placed added pressures on the school. These have meant that continuing with the school, and ensuring the best quality education for the pupils, has become unsustainable.
The agreement between the Trust and the DfE is supported by Hounslow Council, and the intention is to close the school in July 2018, and to support any parents or carers who wish to find another school for their children prior to this date.
Hounslow Council has been working with the school, and understands the decision the Trust has made with the DfE that closing the school at the end of the school year is in the best interests of the pupils and staff.
The council’s Admission Team will work with the Trust, their families and local Hounslow schools to manage the relocation of the 70 children that are currently on the school roll at Floreat, and also support the families who have made an application for a reception place at Floreat for September 2018.
We will be working hard to find suitable places in the borough for those parents and carers who wish to relocate their children or change their school choices.
We intend to provide advice sessions at the school for the parents, and will be contacting all parents individually to discuss their personal circumstances and find the best possible solution.
Cllr Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The school has taken advice from the DfE, which has agreed in principle that it is in the best interests of the children to close the school and find them other suitable places in the borough. Sadly, this is another case of the Government’s free school model failing and letting down our children, which is unacceptable to us.
“Our school admissions service has stepped in to help and through working with our local head teachers, we are confident we will find the best solutions for all our children. Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, and I would be very happy to meet with all parents who have children in the school, or who had planned on selecting Floreat Primary School for their child for September 2018.”