A PRIMARY and secondary school are among a raft of 32 new free schools to open across the capital this term.
West London Free School, in Hammersmith, has opened a new primary following the success of its secondary school.
Meanwhile, Westside School, which opened as a charitable independent school in Queen’s Park in 2006, has relocated to Galena Road, off King Street, Hammersmith, to start its life as a free school. It caters for a maximum of 32 students, aged 13 to 16 years old, who struggle in mainstream environments.
West London Free Primary has opened in a temporary site in Bradmore Park Road, Hammersmith, and offers the same ‘classical liberal education’ as its predecessor, where philosophy, classics, divinity and Latin feature on the curriculum.
The primary, headed up by Natalie de Silva, intends to relocate to the secondary school’s current home in nearby Cambridge Grove, when this school moves into the renovated Palingswick House, off King Street, Hammersmith. WLFS Secondary planned to have moved into King Street by this month, but builders have only just began work to extend the Victorian buildings.
Toby Young, founder and chairman of the West London Free School Charitable Trust, said: “The response from parents suggests the new primary will be a popular addition to the local provision. We’ve had over six applicants for every place, making our school the most over-subscribed primary in the borough.”
There are now 14 free schools and academies in the borough. The Fulham Boys School, Earls Court Free Primary, which is part of the WLFS Academy Trust, and Burlington Danes Primary Academy are set to open next September when Canberra School in White City will reopen as ARK Swift Primary Academy.
Meanwhile, governors at New King’s Primary, in Fulham, are considering joining academy provider Thomas’s London Day Schools.