Staff will be saying ‘Bienvenue’ to children from September next year after a group of dedicated parents and teachers were granted permission to set up a bilingual faith school.

Harrow Bilingual Primary School was given approval by education secretary Nicola Morgan on Tuesday.

The school will be a new two-form entry Church of England Primary School for Harrow and the proposers will now press ahead with plans to ensure a successful opening in September 2015 although no site has been confirmed.

Executive headteacher designate Daniel Norris, who is headteacher at partner Holy Trinity CE Primary School in Northwood, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been given the go-ahead by the Department for Education.

“The government has clearly recognised the need to engage children with languages from a young age and I look forward to starting the next stage of our journey towards opening an excellent new school for Harrow.”

The idea of a 420-place bilingual primary school in Harrow was originally devised by a group of local parents and teachers headed by Ian Fernandes, who will become the chairman of governors.

Mr Fernandes said: “As a local parent this is simply excellent news.

“To be able to bring bilingual education to the state sector in this area of London is a great step forward.

“It has been a lot of hard work to get this far, and I look forward to working with the executive headteacher and the London Diocesan Board for Schools on the next part of this project and beyond.”

Children will start learning French through games and songs in Reception, with increasing opportunities for immersion teaching and enrichment activities as they progress through the school. The school also plans to offer Spanish at key stage two.

Chief executive of the London Diocesan Board for Schools, Inigo Woolf, said: “We are excited about opening our first bilingual Church of England primary school to help relieve the shortage of primary school places in Harrow.”

The school is holding Open Days for prospective parents in the Old Harrovian Room in the War Memorial Building of Harrow School on Saturday, October 4, Saturday, October 18 and Saturday November 22 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Book a place via the school website: