AN MP has expressed his fears for a newly enlarged primary school after it emerged that reception class places for next year have not been filled.
Wembley Primary School is set to re-open in September, with the capacity for 120 four and five-year-olds - yet just 99 places have been taken up.
The new Wembley Park Academy primary school nearby, whose temporary buildings will be built soon, is fully-subscribed.
This has caused some people to question whether Brent Council is trying to fill its controversial new school at the expense of others.
Barry Gardiner, Labour MP for Brent North, said the short-fall could seriously affect the school's annual budget, which is allocated based on pupil numbers.
He said: "Why on earth is it that all the stops are being pulled out to build a temporary facility which will be taken away in due course when, actually, Wembley Primary School has the capacity already?
"I have sought assurances from the council that they have not been encouraging parents to sign up with the academy at the expense of Wembley Primary School."
Brent Council said Mr Gardiner's concerns were unfounded. Rachel Gardener, its spokeswoman, said: "The council's admissions team are still matching unplaced pupils to vacancies at nearby schools, and we expect Wembley Primary to be full.
"There are currently 208 reception vacancies and 242 pupils who have not been placed.
"This matching process will continue until late August, and there are six extra reception classes from September to cope with any shortage.
"The opponents (of the academy) have not checked the true situation and seem prepared to give out misleading information with no interest in the work being done to solve the school places shortage.
"As new applicants are currently arriving in the borough at the rate of about five per week, it looks as though all available places will be filled by September."