Bob Blackman MP has warmly welcomed the £250,000 Government loan that will aid in the expansion of a popular Harrow school.
Whitefriars Primary School aims to become a through school for ages three to 18, with plans for a 750-place secondary section and 150-place Sixth Form.
The funding news comes following a meeting between local MP Mr Blackman, Executive Head of Whitefriars School Chris Spruce and Schools Minister David Laws.
During the meeting, financial analysis and predictions were discussed and a case was put forward for a funding arrangement to allow the expansion to continue on schedule.
Bob Blackman said: “This is tremendous news for Whitefriars School and our local area overall, as we have a real need for more quality secondary school places to accommodate our expanding population.
“Whitefriars is already known to be an excellent school with high levels of attainment for pupils so I know this news is going to be very welcome to a lot of local families.
"I commend the Schools Minister for being both willing to listen and for taking quick action to help the process along and also Chris Spruce for his leadership and vision in taking the steps needed to see this expansion through.”
The new funds will be used to ensure that the needs can be met for new staffing and resources as well as facilities management costs for the new 9,000sq-m building, due to open in September.
Executive Headteacher Chris Spruce said: “The Directors of our Academy Trust and I are deeply grateful to Bob for his tireless efforts on behalf of our school and our community.
"Thanks to Bob, this loan, approved by Mr Laws, will top up our start-up funding to ensure we can deliver an outstanding through-school from day one in our state-of-the-art building.”