Public Meeting Over New South Wimbledon Free School Plan

Conservative councillors organise February event

A public meeting is being staged about the development of the controversial proposed new Harris Wimbledon secondary school on the High Path Estate, not far from South Wimbledon underground station.

The Harris Federation has been approved to open a mixed comprehensive secondary school of around 1,150 pupil capacity (900 places for 11-16 year-olds and 250 sixth form places).

The new free school will be known as Harris Wimbledon Academy and is due to be constructed on land between High Path and Merantun Way with completion scheduled for 2020.

Between 2018 and 2020, year 7 and 8 pupils will be accommodated on the site of the former Whatley Avenue Adult Education Centre in Wimbledon Chase.

Some residents have raised concerns about the suitability of the site for a school, the construction phase (particularly given the planned redevelopment of the whole High Path estate), re-location of other services and the effects on the surrounding area from increased traffic.

Merton Council has already said that most secondary school pupils make their own way to school by public transport and the site is well connected to public transport. It also said the building scheme is being implemented by the Government’s Education Funding Agency, and they will be working on a detailed design.

The meeting takes place at:

Thursday 02 February from 7.15pm - 8.45pm

At the Parish Hall of St Winefride’s Roman Catholic Church

Bridges Road (opposite the main door of the Church).

The meeting is organised by three Wimbledon Conservative councillors. As space is limited, organisers ask that you register in advance using the following link:

For those who are unable to register online, please call 020 8545 3396.

January 19, 2017