Havering cabinet: Most controversial school expansion delayed

07:00 31 July 2014

Parents and councillors at the gates of Parsonage Farm school

Parents and councillors at the gates of Parsonage Farm school


Parents who signed petitions to prevent the more controversial expansion of a school were offered some respite after the decision was delayed by the cabinet last night.

Petitions to prevent the expansion of the Parsonage Farm Primary School, in Farm Road, Rainham, reached 425 signatures.

Cabinet members at their first Town Hall meeting since the election listened to parents’ concerns and will review the situation before making the announcement in September.

Mothers sat in the public gallery eagerly awaiting the decision but did not seem ecstatic on hearing it will be delayed.

The decision over expansions of Scotts Primary School, in Bonington Road, Hornchurch, and the RJ Mitchell Primary School, in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, will also be delayed until September cabinet meeting.

Chief education officer Joy Hollister warned that expansion is, in the end, inevitable.

“In the future we will have to expand [the] schools, so it’s a question of which school do we expand first,” she said.

The remaining schools in the expansion plan will increase in admission numbers as planned.

For a full report of the meeting, see Friday’s Recorder.

Latest Romford News Stories

Simona Boycheva has won Photography for Little People's photographer of the year award twice in a row.

A baby photographer has received an award for the second time just three years after buying a franchise.

Bridge Close could be redeveloped with up to 840 homes.

Residents said they are “heartbroken” to have to leave their homes, which will be bulldozed to make way for a new housing development.

The Brewery Centre. Peppa Pig and brother George visiting for storytime with Peppa activities. Livia Bartlett (21mths) and mum Nicci meet Peppa and George.

Peppa Pig and her little brother George paid a visit to the Brewery in Romford for half-term fun on Saturday.

Yesterday, 12:00

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Yesterday, 10:00
Athlete Christine Ohuruogu visited her secondary school St Edwards Church of England School in Romford to present a piece of the London 2012 Olympic track.

A former Olympic athlete wants to encourage young people to aim high as she presented her school with a piece of track from the London 2012 games.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A theatre has taken a bold step to ensure that suffering from dementia should not be an obstacle to enjoying the excitement and delight of a stage 

Saturday, October 22, 2016
From left jewellery students Carol Carne, Gina Savill-Turner, Jo Golledge, chainmail queen Linda Parkyn. Daphne Freeman and tutor Carol Allen at the Fairkytes Arts Centre.

It started life in the mid-18th century as a private house for occupants including Joseph Fry, son of the famous prison reformer Elizabeth Fry.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Student Alice and reporter Chloe Farand talking about the care suite at Havering Sixth Form College

Chloe Farand meets Havering Sixth Form College’s mental health officer and the care team, who support students day to day

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now