There was an air of celebration and pride around the Professional Development Centre last week Thursday 15 March.
Published: Monday, 19th March 2018
There was an air of celebration and pride around the Professional Development Centre this week [Thursday 15 March] as staff from Hounslow Council, schools and key partners recognised the achievement of what has been a very successful school expansion capital programme.
The school expansion programme has enabled the council to ensure bright futures for the children and young people of Hounslow by providing extra cash to local schools to improve standards, and to offer new school places to give parents a better choice.
Over the last four years, the school expansion programme has created a substantial number of school places within twenty-six schools across the borough at a cost of £238million, to meet demand as the local population continues to grow.
Hounslow’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Youth Services said: “Like most London boroughs, we have a rapidly growing school-age population and one of our main priorities is to ensure there are enough high quality school places for all children and young people who need them.
“It is an important responsibility to provide them with the best possible start in life with a solid education, and the school capital programme would not be successful if it wasn’t for the partnership work we have in place.
“The school capital programme would not have been made possible without the wealth of experience Pick Everard and Peter Williams Associates (PWA) have brought to it, along with our schools, which have achieved in delivering these projects for Hounslow.
“What is even more amazing is that this work has been delivered at the same time as our standards in our schools and childcare providers have improved.
“As a council, we’re determined to make sure every child in the borough receives the best education possible “
The programme included the expansion of 24 primary schools providing 2840 places, two secondary schools adding 2820 places, and the expansion of four existing local authority schools. Places have also been added into special educational need (SEN) centres in both primary and secondary settings, providing a further 440 places.
The council also has the exciting prospect of a new social, emotional and mental health [SEMH] Free school for secondary age students in the next couple of years following a successful application made last year to the Department for Education (DfE).
For the borough’s most vulnerable students, the council has managed to expand Woodbridge Park Education Service including The Bridge and the Continuing Access to Education (CATE) service.
The success doesn’t end there as the capital programme has expanded and established new settings through school nursery provision, adding 604 additional places.
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