Search

Romford free school opening postponed: More than 40 students face uncertain September

12:04 15 August 2014

The former Old Church Hospital site will not be ready for up to two years

The former Old Church Hospital site will not be ready for up to two years

Archant

More than 40 children do not know where they will go to school in September after Romford’s first free school today postponed its opening.

The front page of today’s Recorder revealed that the Oasis Academy had been forced to find a temporary site for the start of term but its spokesman refused to say where it would be.

It was insisted that another building had been secured but a statement issued this morning announced that the failure to find an appropriate temporary site means that its opening will be postponed.

The owners of the site have “at the last minute” pulled out because the deal is not “commercially viable” for them, the statement read.

The primary school’s permanent site, the former Oldchurch Hospital, in Waterloo Road, will not be ready for up to two years.

And the school, owned by Oasis Community Learning, was due to open in the temporary site of the grounds of Romford YMCA, in Rush Green Road, but that also fell through.

The statement reads: “While we have been diligently searching for a new option, we believe that there are no other sites within an acceptable distance from the permanent site which are appropriate.

“Therefore we are only prepared to open a school on a site that will allow us to fulfil the high standards of education we set for ourselves and that our parents rightly expect from us.

“We therefore have no choice but to postpone the opening of the academy rather than to launch it in sub-standard conditions.”

The owners said that Havering’s schools admissions team will be working with parents to find alternative places for each child affected.

The school’s spokesman initially claimed that up to 130 children would attend the school but today a colleague adjusted the figure to 41.

Was your child meant to start at this school? Contact Sam on 0208 477 3892 or sam.blewett@archant.co.uk

Read more:

Uncertainty surrounds future of Romford’s first free school

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

14 minutes ago
Paul Wickerson. Picture: Essex Police

Two security guards are due to be sentenced today after they were found guilty of handcuffing and kidnapping a half naked man from a festival who later died in a road crash after being left confused and disorientated by the roadside.

The waste which was dumped in Ongar Way, Rainham. Picture: Havering Council

The attractive streets of Havering are being turned into eyesores as fly-tippers dump mountains of rubbish in roads and green spaces – leaving tax-payers to foot the clean up bill.

The firearm which was recovered from the business premises in Brentwood

Nine members of an organised criminal network involved in conspiracy to supply cocaine and the conversion of a shotgun have pleaded guilty.

45 minutes ago
Katie Lawrence from Kelvedon Hatch, left-centre, performing with Misstasia on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/THAMES/SYCO TV/ITV

A rising star is hoping her band’s “magical” sound will impress on a TV talent show.

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

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.

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Digital Edition

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


Our trusted business finder