Ealing’s first new secondary school in more than 10 years is a step closer today, after the council’s cabinet agreed to purchase land for the project.
The land, at Oldfield Lane, Greenford, is currently owned by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) but its large size, good transport links and location in the north of the borough saw it emerge as the council’s preferred site for a new school, after Glaxo announced they would cease to use the site (first reported last year). After public consultation and a competition to determine who will run the school, building work could begin in 2013.
Until then, the Council wants to encourage public access to the playing fields. Discussions are underway with the London Playing Fields Foundation, the managers of the adjacent sports ground, to look after the GSK sports fields and ensure maximum public access – both before and after the school is built.
The new school is a key component of Ealing’s £300 million Building Schools for the Future programme, which aims to transform secondary and special schools across the borough.