The head of Queensmill School in Fulham is 'thrilled' about a proposed site move, despite the plan being criticised by Union leaders.
Queensmill School, in Clancarty Road, is for three to 11-year-olds with autism. Its head Jude Regan says that the school's proposed move to the Bridge Academy in Finlay Street, Fulham, is the 'answer to her prayers'.
Last week, Union leader Dennis Charman and MP for Ealing, Action and Shepherd's Bush Andy Slaughter criticised the plan, claiming it was not driven by educational concerns.
"This is what we'd pushed for, for the last three years," she said. "Since I came here I've been saying that the Clancarty Road building is not suitable for children with autism."
She has previously described how the many nooks and crannies in the current Victorian building make learning harder for autistic children, who are easily distracted.
Previously, Hammersmith and Fulham Council wanted to move the school to the Gibbs Green school site in Mund Street, West Kensington, a special school for pupils with emotional and behavioral difficulties. But now its proposals have changed, meaning Queensmill may go to the Bridge Academy.
Ms Regan aslo has plans to increase the size of the school roll from its current number, 54, to 120 by admitting secondary school pupils.
She said: "Currently, there is no provision for children over the age of 11 with complex autism and they have had to be sent to school out of the borough."
Taking secondary age pupils will also entitle the school to more money from Building Schools for the Future funds from central government which are designed to improve and refurbish schools all over the country.
One big advantage, Ms Regan added, will be to work with Fulham schools like Fulham Cross Girls' School in Munster Road, Henry Compton School in Kingwood Road as well as William Morris Sixth Form College in St Dunstan's Road, Hammersmith. She hopes that the move to Bridge Academy will take place in 2011-12.