A consortium of Harrow’s academies have won approval to open a new primary school and a new secondary school - both mixed and non-denominational - in the borough.

The bids made by the collective, comprising Bentley Wood High School, Canons High School, Harrow High School, Hatch End High School, Nower Hill High School, Park High School and Rooks Heath College were approved by education secretary Nicky Morgan on Tuesday.

Ms Morgan also approved the creation of Harrow Bilingual Primary School, to be run by parents and teachers.

Harrow View Primary School is to be a secular primary school providing 630 places along with and 12 places for children with autism and 26 nursery places, and will open in September 2016.

It will be based in the new school to be built at the south-eastern end of the 1,000-home housing estate being created on the former Kodak factory site off Harrow View in Harrow.

The former Heathfield School For Girls building in Beaulieu Drive, Pinner
The former Heathfield School For Girls building in Beaulieu Drive, Pinner
 

The seven academies will simultaneously open Pinner High School in the former Heathfield School For Girls building in Beaulieu Drive, Pinner.

It will accommodate 900 pupils in Years 7 to 11, 240 sixth form students and - matching the primary school provision identically - 12 spaces for children with autism.

Headteachers have planned an open meeting on November 10 for prospective parents and residents but the time and venue are to be confirmed.

Sue Hammond, headteacher of Whitmore High School in Porlock Avenue, West Harrow, and chairwoman of the governing body of Pinner High School, says: “We are delighted that the Department for Education recognised that our proposals for Pinner High and Harrow View will create two more high quality, inclusive schools for the whole of the local community.

"Local schools have a tradition of working together in partnership to ensure all students make excellent progress.

"Harrow View and Pinner High will reflect these aspirations and values. "It’s fantastic that both schools already have sites confirmed, and we are really pleased that the government was able to purchase the former Heathfield site for Pinner High.

"We are confident that the schools will quickly establish themselves as outstanding local schools, and we will now work hard in partnership with the local communities to ensure the schools open successfully in September 2016.”