Vital plans for a desperately-needed secondary school for North Kensington youngsters have moved one step closer to reality.

Kensington and Chelsea Council has formally agreed a bid to create a multi-million pound new school for pupils in the north of the borough after pressure from parents and support from both Labour and Conservative local councillors, who have worked together to prove that the school is needed to serve the close-knit community around Ladbroke Grove.

Most children from W10 do not get their first choice of school as there is only one non-religious secondary school in the Royal Borough. Most are forced to go the Burlington Danes school in neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham due to severe shortage in places.

With the renewal of White City and the expansion of Wornington Green Estate, the situation can only get worse.

St Charles' ward Cllr Dominic Johnson explained: "As far as I'm concerned, this is the most important thing we can do in the long term, if we are serious about changing the gap between north and south Kensington.

"The council meeting ferments the scheme. It's been talked about for a long time, but now it is a reality and something the whole council is behind."

Officers are now looking at sites for a new school, which is 'very likely done in partnership with another organisation'. Potential locations include The Kensal Gasworks, empty spaces around the Westway, Lancaster Road or the swimming pool in Walmer Road, and potential pupils include David Cameron's children.