Britain’s second largest primary school has officially opened in Hounslow , creating an additional 450 places for local kids.
The incredibly large Hounslow Town Primary School has moved to new specialist buildings which mean it can massively expand and provide a Special Education Needs (SEN) centre and sports and play facilities.
It’s not quite as big as the Gascoigne Primay School in Barking which has 1,282 pupils and was the subject of a Channel 5 documentary in 2016.
The expansion, which allows the school to cater for 1,200 students, was a partnership between the council and Countryside Developers and will mean the school can have two new classes in each year group.
The old school, which was located nearby off Pears Road, will be demolished to make way for more new housing.
An official opening ceremony of the new School Road premises was held on Monday, June 17.
New homes for local families
Hounslow Council said the school is part of a £52m regeneration scheme known as The Assembly.
That will also provide 284 new homes on the 2.67 hectare site, 40% of which will be affordable and will be owned and managed by Network Homes.
Of these new homes, 74 will be for shared ownership and 68 will be for affordable rent.
‘A superb education’
Councillor Tom Bruce, cabinet member for education, children and youth services, unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the official opening of the school.
Following the unveiling, guests celebrated with a performance by the new school council and the school choir, followed by a tour of the buildings.
Mr Bruce said: “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.”
How has it all been funded?
The Assembly will be created on the back of a £6.2 million Housing Zone Funding Grant from Greater London Authority, which is part of a multi-million-pound investment programme dedicated to the revival of Hounslow’s town centre.
This will include a new High Street Quarter and a target of 12,330 new homes to be delivered by 2030.
Council leader Steve Curran 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.
Mike Woolliscroft of Countryside, who contributed £20 million to the redevelopment, said: “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 will be a great place for families to put down roots for years to come.”
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.”
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