PLANS for a new free school to be built close to St George’s Church in Hanworth Park are taking shape.
Parents are urged to register their interest in sending children to St George's CofE Primary School, due to open in September 2015.
The project, spearheaded by Reverend Paul Williamson, follows the 2012 Hounslow consultation report Providing Primary school Places, which highlights a need for 3,400 extra places in reception classes by 2014, as a result of higher birth rates and the number of new homes being built the borough.
Committee chairman of St George’s CofE Primary School, Reverend Williamson, said: "It will be a newly built school, purpose-designed for our children with the very best education we can provide. There will be a pre-school breakfast club and many after-school activities, and weekend and school holiday activities."
A volunteer support group made up of residents, teachers, church members and others from the community has already been set up.
The plan is to start with a nursery and reception class in 2015, and each year thereafter a new reception class will join, until the school is full after seven years, serving pupils up to year six. If the school gets the go-ahead from the Department for Education, a planning application will be submitted. Meanwhile, a suitable site is being sought within a short walk of the church in Castle Way.
Show your support at www.st-georges-school-hanworth.org by downloading and filling out the survey, or pick up a form at the parish office or at the church on Sunday mornings.
A public meeting on the plans will be held at the church on Sunday, June 16, at 3pm.
Families are also invited to an open day at the historic church, with tours as well as cream teas and stalls, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, June 15. A sponsored singing marathon will also take place in the afternoon as the choir sings 100 hymns for church restoration works.