Brent primary expansion

LB Brent is engaged in work at nine sites to ensure the bulge in Primary entrants in the borough this autumn is dealt with.

The council is working to ensure every primary age child in Brent will have access to a school place before term starts in September. A library was closed by the council last year, will be used to create temporary classrooms in time for the start of the academic year, with work under way at nine council-owned locations going on to create an extra 490 temporary places.

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A total of 630 extra permanent primary school places are due to be created across the borough by 2016, with phase one starting at Barham Primary in Wembley, Fryent Primary in Kingsbury, Mitchell Brook in Neasden and St Robert Southwell in Kingsbury.

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