Extra school places in Richmond under consultation

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Extra school places could be available in Richmond after the council announced expansion plans.

Vineyard Primary School in Friars Stile Road, Richmond, could permanently increase its annual reception intake from 60 pupils to 90, from September 2014, if Richmond Council’s plans go ahead.

The school is rated outstanding by Ofsted and has more applicants than places.

Councilllor Paul Hodgins, cabinet member for schools, said: “In proposing to increase the school’s intake, we are aiming to ensure that we provide a first-class education to as many children in the borough as possible so that parents have certainty in advance of applying that places will be provided.

“This proposal is part of our 10-year strategy for providing high-quality school places in the borough. We promised residents that we would provide more places and that is exactly what we are doing.”

People can comment on the plans until February 15 by emailing Matthew Paul at m.paul@richmond.gov.uk or by writing to him at Education, Children’s and Cultural Services, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham TW1 3BZ.

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8:57pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Dan Filson says...

I attended the Vineyard when it was in The Vineyard, before it moved to Marchmont Road and now Friars Stile Road. Had instead of moving the school a new school been created at Friars Stile Road, the two schools could have coped with the extra numbers. As it is, a reception intake of 90 makes for what must be a rather large number in the playground. Someone made a false economy.
I attended the Vineyard when it was in The Vineyard, before it moved to Marchmont Road and now Friars Stile Road. Had instead of moving the school a new school been created at Friars Stile Road, the two schools could have coped with the extra numbers. As it is, a reception intake of 90 makes for what must be a rather large number in the playground. Someone made a false economy. Dan Filson
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