Hounslow Council in partnership with Hounslow Town Primary and Countryside Developers marked the completion of an expansion project with an official opening ceremony yesterday [Monday, 17 June 2019].
Published: Tuesday, 18th June 2019
The new facilities on School Road, Hounslow, is part of the council’s extensive expansion programme and supports its pledge to meet the demands of a growing number of pupils in the central Hounslow area. It is part of a £52m regeneration scheme known as The Assembly that is also providing 284 new dwellings on the 2.67 hectare site of which forty per cent are affordable and will be owned and managed by Network Homes. 74 of these new homes will be for shared ownership and 68 will be for affordable rent.
To mark the opening of the school, Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the official opening of the school. Guests also included Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran, Hounslow Central Ward councillors, Cllr Pritam Grewal and Cllr Ajmer Grewal, Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, council officers, teachers, support staff, school governors, planners, project managers, architects, developers and school pupils.
Following the unveiling of the plaque, guests celebrated with a performance by the new school council and the school choir, followed by a tour of the school.
Over the last four years, the school expansion programme has created a substantial number of school places including special, primary and secondary to meet demand as the local population continues to grow.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council said: “I was delighted to be able to open Hounslow Town Primary school today and celebrate the culmination of many months of work by all parties involved in this development.
“One of this borough’s main priorities is to ensure there are high quality school places for all children and young people in Hounslow who need them. It is an important responsibility and a big part of our promise to provide them the best possible start in life with a superb education.
“I have seen first-hand today how much the staff and pupils are enjoying the new facilities which will be valued and enjoyed by this community, and this borough, for years to come.”
The newly expanded five-form-entry primary school with capacity for 1,200 pupils provides contemporary sports and play facilities.
The Assembly, on the back of a £6.2million Housing Zone Funding Grant from Greater London Authority, is part of an exciting multi-million-pound investment programme dedicated to the revival of Hounslow’s town centre, which will include a new High Street Quarter as well as public realm improvements and a target of 12,330 new homes to be delivered by 2030.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: "This is the second housing development in the borough to offer 40 per cent affordable housing with final phases soon to be completed, we look forward to the provision of much-needed good quality affordable homes.
"With the need for more school places at an all-time high, I am delighted that this project provides a brand new, state of the art, modern primary school which expands the current school’s services with a further two classes per year group."
Mike Woolliscroft, Managing Director, Partnerships South (West), Countryside, said: “We are proud to be opening Hounslow Town Primary School, a key investment into the local community. With state-of-the-art new buildings, the facilities at the school are in a class of their own, and so we’re delighted to be providing the pupils with all the tools they need for a well-rounded education.
“At Countryside, our vision is to go beyond just building homes but to create sustainable communities and the new school will play a huge role in making The Assembly a great place for families to put down roots for years to come.”
The new school building accommodates an additional 450 permanent primary aged places through the redevelopment of the school providing a SEN centre, and contemporary sports and play facilities.
Laura Khalil, headteacher at Hounslow Town Primary School said: “The redevelopment of the school, which was prioritised by Countryside, has enabled us to add a further two classes per year group and provide students with vital new facilities, enriching our existing educational offering.”
For more information about Hounslow Schools visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/schools