Brent supports a total rebuild to expand and modernise Islamia primary

Brent Council has agreed proposals which mean the rebuild of Islamia Primary School could go ahead.
The project would modernise and expand the overcrowded and unsuitable school, in Salusbury Road, Queens Park, encouraging educational standards to rise and helping Brent meet its legal obligations to create more school places.
Brent Council’s Executive committee agreed last night, April 11, to support the £6.5m project using £2.9m in funds given to the council by the government for primary school expansion – as long as certain conditions are fulfilled.
The rebuilt school wouldwill have expanded play areas, good-sized classrooms, easy access to sports and IT and good special educational needs provision.
If the project goes ahead, travel time for staff and pupils around the site would be cut and classrooms for another 30 pupils created, expanding the school roll to 420 pupils. Work would be completed in May 2012.
Brent Council’s Director of Children and Families, Krutika Pau, said: “There is a strong educational case for this project which would modernise and expand the overcrowded school and create extra school places but we are proposing conditions to minimise the council’s exposure to risks.”
Zahida Shaheem, Headteacher of Islamia Primary School, said: “Islamia Primary School is happy to continue in partnership with Brent in creating more places and is committed to raising standards. The new school will provide a much needed safe and stimulating environment which will challenge our pupils’ learning.”

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