Havering Council launches primary school expansion consultation

Published: Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Havering Council is asking parents and residents for their views on proposals to expand primary schools across the borough. 

The plans follow an increased pupil population in Havering, for which the Council is legally obliged to provide sufficient school places.

The increase is set to continue with thousands more homes expected to be built in the new Romford and Rainham housing zones.

The Council is planning to invest £63 million in the future of Havering’s children.

It will include removal of temporary buildings which are currently in use in a number of schools and the building of permanent facilities, fit for purpose, including greater security and accessibility.

There are plans for five schools to expand from two forms of entry to three from 2017/18:

  • Drapers Pyrgo Priory Primary in Harold Hill
  • Hylands Primary in Romford
  • Rainham Village Primary 
  • Whybridge Infant in Rainham
  • Whybridge Junior in Rainham 

Have your say (consultation now over)

They will be able to send their opinions to the Council between 31 October and 28 November 2016.

There will be a series of individual meetings at the five schools for parent/carers, teachers and governors. Invitations for these events will come from the schools. 

Proposals will also be announced for a number of secondary schools to be expanded from 2018/19. Details of these, including the consultation exercise, will be released after Christmas. 

There will also be a further phase of primary school expansion proposals from 2018/19 and 2019/20. Details of these, including the consultation exercise, will be announced in the Summer Term, after Easter. 

Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said:

“The Council has a legal duty to provide school places for our expanding school population, but we are very keen to hear the views of local people about how we go about doing it. 

“Whether you’re a resident worried about increased traffic or a parent worried that their child will not be able to find a place at their local school, please visit our website and have your say.”