Search

Government approves new free school for Havering

07:00 19 June 2014

Drapers

Drapers' Academy in Harold Hill is run by the trust behind the new free school

Archant

A new free school for Havering has today been approved by the government, with prime minister David Cameron praising plans to drive up standards as “truly commendable”.

It is not clear when Drapers’ Primary School, to be situated in Harold Hill, will be opened, but today’s announcement by the Department for Education marks a significant step towards it becoming a reality.

The school, one of 18 primary free schools nationwide approved today, will have 420 places for children aged three to 11.

“I’m delighted that Drapers’ Primary School will be opening in Havering, one of the 38 free schools proposals announced today,” said Mr Cameron.

“Free schools, many of which are set up by parents and teachers, are around twice as likely to be rated outstanding by Ofsted as other schools.”

He added: “The plans this school has to drive up standards and help young people achieve their full potential are truly commendable.”

Havering Council’s Meg Davis, Conservative cabinet member for children and learning, said the town hall was “pleased”, given the “current pressures on primary school places across the board”.

She added: “This school will ensure we have many more school place available for families in Harold Hill, so is great news for local people.”

• Pick up Friday’s copy of the Romford Recorder for the full story, including further details and reaction

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 21:47
We Are FSTVL

From winning Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2013, We Are FSTVL returns for its third year bigger and better then ever, drawing in some of the best electronic acts from around the world.

Yesterday, 21:20
Jason Graham missing since May 28

Police have appealed for help in tracing a 44-year-old Romford man missing since yesterday.

Yesterday, 17:03
Rubbish on a Abellio Greater Anglia train from Shenfield to London Liverpool Street earlier this year.

Rail passengers claim they have been bitten by fleas while travelling on Abellio Greater Anglia trains.

Yesterday, 16:49
Bob Knowles outside his Micropub in Upminster which is facing planning objections from the council

‘You would think we were selling crack cocaine instead of a glass of ale.’

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

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

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder