Hounslow find Free School home

Hounslow Council, Floreat Education Academies Trust, the Education Funding Authority (EFA) and Hodson Developments have agreed on a new permanent site for Floreat Brentford Primary School, a two form entry Free School which has been working from a block of flats after its initial plan – to open at Brent Lea Recreation Ground – fell through.

The school originally intended a new build on the recreation ground, but the plug was pulled after some objections to the loss of green space.

Now the council is to allow them to locate on the Layton Road car park site in Brentford, currently occupied by a Suzuki dealership, as part of a mixed use scheme.

The permanent school will be ready for the 2018/19 academic year, with the temporary site remaining at Trico House on the Great West Quarter development until then.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Hounslow Council said he was pleased a way forward appeared to have been found, he said: “We’re determined to make sure every child in the borough receives the best education possible, and like most London boroughs we have a rapidly growing school-age population and an ever increasing pressure on school places. I’m delighted that by working together we have been able to propose a viable new site.”

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