PARENTS living in and around Hanworth Park say a new school in the area is vital.
At the first public meeting for the proposed plans for St George's CE Primary School several parents signed in support of a new free school, within walking distance of St George's church on Castle Way.
The project, led by Father Paul Williamson of St George’s parish, has set out a plan 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.
The meeting held on June 16 was hailed a success by committee chairman Father Williamson alongside the volunteer support group which is made up of residents, teachers, and church members.
Alison Ménage, volunteer support group member, said: “When talking to parents, all of them have said how vital it is for a new primary school, but they must understand it is not enough just to say they want one, they need to sign a support form so the Government can see the evidence before them.
"NO YES FORMS, NO SCHOOL! We also want parents and children to come and talk to us, so they can tell us what kind of school they would like us to build!"
If the school gets the go-ahead from the Department for Education, a planning application will be submitted.
Complete support forms at www.st-georges-school-hanworth.org - download and fill in or pick up a form at the parish office or at the church on Sunday mornings.
The next public meeting will be held at the church on July 3 at 7.00 pm.