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Free school consults on new primary

Friday November 16, 2012

West London Free School has launched a consultation into its proposed new primary school.

The free school, in Cambridge Grove, is set to open its school for children aged three to 11 next September (2013) and the school is now seeking views on the proposals from parents, local residents, community groups and anyone who has an interest in the school.

The consultation, which began earlier this month, is open until 5pm on December 31.

Like the current secondary school, the primary will offer children a classical liberal education, focusing on a core of academic subjects along with art, music, drama and competitive sport.

It will also serve as a feeder school to the secondary, so pupils at the primary will be given priority for a place there. A joint-school sibling policy means that children applying to the secondary who have siblings at the primary will be given priority, and vice versa.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Helen Binmore, said: “This council has always supported parental choice when it comes to deciding where they send their children to school. The free school has proved hugely popular with parents and this primary will provide the borough with much needed school places and add to the wide range of schools we have in Hammersmith & Fulham.”

There are also two open events for prospective parents at the proposed site for the school (Cambridge Grove, London W6 0LB) on Monday 19th November and Wednesday 21st November from 4:30pm to 5:15pm and from 5:15pm until 6pm on both days. The school’s newly-appointed Headmistress, Natalie de Silva, will be present at both events.

The Hammersmith-based secondary school plans to move to its new site in the refurbished Palingswick House, King Street next September, while the Cambridge Grove site will become the primary school.

Toby Young, the chairman of the West London Free School charitable trust, says: “I helped set up the West London Free School because I believe that all children should have access to a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability. That approach has proved so popular with local parents that my group is now opening a second school and our aim is to open a new one every year for as long as this government remains in power.”

West London Free School proved to be the most oversubscribed secondary school in Hammersmith & Fulham this year, with nine applicants for every place.

Anyone wanting to take part in the consultation can complete a questionnaire online (opens new window) or can complete a hardcopy version, using one of the consultation leaflets being distributed in the borough.