A SCHOOL for children who find mainstream learning a challenge will join six other free schools opening over four years in Hammersmith and Fulham.
Westside School, which has been based in Queen’s Park in Westminster since 2006, is moving to a building in Galena Road, Hammersmith after reaching an agreement with the council earlier this year.
It caters for 13 to 16-year-olds who have found mainstream schooling challenging or rigid and will be the first alternative education provision free school in London.
Currently it is a charitable independent school with only 13 pupils but will become a free school this September with a maximum capacity of 32 students from Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Brent, and Ealing.
Susannah Freize, from the school, said: “The school was set up to show that disengaged young people can get back on track in education.
“Our current location is not ideal as we are in a very small building and as a charitable independent school, budgets were getting smaller and more restrictive so becoming a free school and moving to a central location for our feeder boroughs, in the middle of such a great business community is terrific.
“We wanted the best for our students and feel the new Hammersmith location can secure a better future for our vulnerable young people in a vibrant and prospering area.”