New site for Free School

The West London Free School may have a new, temporary, home in White City while it waits for Palingswick House to be refurbished.

Last month, Hammersmith & Fulham Council confirmed its intention to help the West London Free School find a site in the borough and identified two possible locations: Palingswick House on King Street and the Bryony Centre in White City.

Palingswick House is one of the nine sites the council has decided to sell, in order to reduce its historic £133 million debt. However, a decision on offering the site for use by the WLFS would mean the free school will need a temporary site while building work is undertaken. The Bryony had been considered as an option for this.

However, the Bryony Centre, net door to Phoenix High School, is earmarked for long term use as the new site for the Cambridge School, presently based in Cambridge Grove. Now Cambridge School has proposed bringing forward its move an allowing the Free School to lodge in its Cambridge Grove building instead.

Hammersmith & Fulham council says it will support the schools in putting together a plan that suits all their needs. “If Cambridge School would rather bring their move forward, we will do everything we can to help them prepare the site and help their pupils settle in to their new building,” says Cllr Helen Binmore, Cabinet Member for children’s services.

Cambridge school and the West London Free School, together with Phoenix High School, now plan to work together on more detailed feasibility work and timescales for the moves.

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