The Evening Standard is reporting that the free school set up by journalist Toby Young has bought a £9million office block it plans to turn into another school building, while local website ChiswickW4.com is reporting that Dame Sally Coates, the former head of Burlington Danes Academy in Shepherd’s Bush, has stepped in to “keep an eye” on the school as it searches for a new headteacher….
The West London Free School now has three Hammersmith sites — only one being used for lessons.
Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter said: “I don’t have a problem with money going to education or new schools opening, but I want all children in my constituency to get the money, not for it to be handed out to Michael Gove’s mates.”
The West London Free School is based in Cambridge Grove. It was due to move into premises at Palingswick House, in King Street, last year but the move was put off because building work is ongoing.
By September, the secondary will be too big for the Cambridge Grove site and is to be split between buildings, including the new £9.25million Bridge Avenue block.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Education and a spokesman for West London Free School declined to comment…
The website ChiswickW4.com also has more on this and news that Dame Sally Coates, the former head of Burlington Danes Academy in Shepherd’s Bush, has stepped in to “keep an eye” on West London Free School and assist the school as it searches for a new headteacher. See: Former Burlington Danes to assist school in search for third headteacher
On the basis the secondary school is heavily over-subscribed and two primary schools are also being launched, does this sound a welcome move to build upon success? Do you have any reservations? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…