Great news for Labour’s NW6 school campaign – victory in sight!

** NW6 primary school campaign update **

Camden’s Cabinet is set to consider a proposal at its meeting next week to create 420 new primary school places west of the Finchley Road.

The move comes in response to Labour’s camapign and petition – featured heavily on this blog – to highlight the real problem with a dearth of primary school places to match growing demand in NW6.

The plans being considered next week are to extend the Ofsted-rated outstanding community primary Kingsgate school onto the Liddell Road site that has previously been associated with a new school site.  This extension would be a two-form entry school.

New legislation passed by the Tory-Lib Dem government has made it impossible for councils to build their own community schools.  The only new schools can be academies (which require an external sponsor) or free schools (which are set up outside the state system).

This is great news for children like Isabel Gosling, as featured on the front page of the current Ham & High, and the many others who are still without a primary school place, or are having to travel well outside their postcode to the only schools where places are available.

I’ll be pushing the Cabinet to back this proposal next week – and to get on with the job of building a new primary school for NW6.


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