Hammersmith helping Free School plans

LB Hammersmith & Fulham is actively assisting Toby Young as he tries to set up a “free school” in the Borough.

Toby Young’s “West London Free School” has the backing of LBHF, who are “actively helping” in the search for a suitable site for the new school in the borough. Leader of the Council, Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh says; “We will do everything we can to support parents wanting to set up free schools. The West London Free School would be very welcome in H&F. It will extend the choices open to local families, help us cater for the growing local population and support our aspiration to encourage more families to choose local state schools rather than going private.”

There are currently two other groups with government backing to develop free schools in the borough. These are Ark Conway primary in White City and the Rivendale Free School, planned for Shepherds Bush. Both would be for primary age children.

ARK Academies, which already runs Burlington Danes Academy in Du Cane Road, is working with the North Hammersmith Parent Group to set up the Ark Conway Primary Academy on the former Wormholt library site in White City.

Rivendale Free School would be in Shepherd’s Bush, but a suitable site has yet to be found. It would have no religious ethos and the group behind it hope that it will offer an alternative to the area’s faith schools for children of non-faith or multi-faith backgrounds.

In addition to these three free school proposals, a parents’ group has also approached the council and the London Diocesan Board to discuss the possibility of setting up a Church of England boys’ secondary school. They intend to seek the views of local parents in order to gauge the level of interest in the proposal. 

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