Extra Wimbledon School Places Are Found

Local schools to provide extra classes

A Wimbledon primary school is to provide an extra reception class for 30 pupils in the next two years, to help the borough's school places crisis.

Merton borough council says temporary measure at Garfield Primary School in Garfield Road for the school years starting in September 2012 and 2013 will ensure more parents are able to educate their children at a local school while longer-term plans are being considered.

In addition, Pelham and Poplar primary schools in Wimbledon, as well as Mitcham's Beecholme School, will be providing an extra class this September to meet the increased demand. 

The council is progressing its permanent expansion projects across the borough, with new buildings already completed at Wimbledon Chase, Holy Trinity C of E and St. Thomas of Canterbury RC schools.

Further permanent expansion projects are due to be completed this September at All Saints C of E, Aragon, Benedict, Gorringe Park, Hollymount, Joseph Hood, Liberty and Singlegate primary schools.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker (left) said: "This is good news for parents in this area of Wimbledon. 

"Like many London boroughs, we are experiencing unprecedented demand for school places, and this is one way we can reassure parents that we will be able to provide their children with education local to where they live."

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March 28, 2012