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Primary school expansion complete

Wed 31 July 2019, 4:11 pm

Pupils and staff at a Hounslow primary school are settling in to their new surroundings, following the completion of an expansion as part of a major 52m regeneration scheme.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled at Hounslow Town Primary School in June to mark the official opening of the school and its new facilities.

Over the last four years the school expansion programme has created many new special, primary and secondary school places, which help to meet the growing demand.

The expanded five-form-entry primary school, which was a partnership between Hounslow Council and developers Countryside, allows the educational establishment to cater for 1,200 pupils.

The new school building accommodates an additional 450 permanent primary aged places through its redevelopment, providing a Special Educational Needs (SEN) centre and sports and play facilities.

The school is part of a £52m regeneration scheme known as The Assembly, which will also provide 284 new homes with 40% affordable properties. They will be owned and managed by Network Homes, and out of these residences 74 will be for shared ownership and 68 for affordable rent.

Laura Khalil, Hounslow Town Primary School headteacher, said: “The redevelopment of the school, which was prioritised by Countryside, has enabled us to add a further two classes per year group and provide students with vital new facilities, enriching our existing educational offering.”

Phase Two of The Assembly development launched at the end of June, offering one and two-bedroom homes close to Hounslow East station, with quick connections both to central London and Heathrow Airport.

Mike Woolliscroft, managing director of partnerships south (west) at Countryside, said the school is “a key investment into the local community.” He added: “With state-of-the-art new buildings, the facilities at the school are in a class of their own, and so we’re delighted to be providing the pupils with all the tools they need for a well-rounded education.

“At Countryside, our vision is to go beyond just building homes but to create sustainable communities and the new school will play a huge role in making The Assembly a great place for families to put down roots for years to come.”

The Assembly is part of a multimillion-pound investment programme dedicated to the revival of Hounslow’s town centre, which will have a new High Street Quarter and public realm improvements with a target of 12,330 new homes to be created by 2030.

Hounslow Council leader, Councillor Steve Curran, said: "This is the second housing development in the borough to offer 40 per cent affordable housing with final phases soon to be completed, we look forward to the provision of much-needed good quality affordable homes.”

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