Pyrgo Priory Primary School faces loss of playing field
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 January 2015
Schoolchildren could face losing their playing field as Havering Council proposes to rebuild a college on the site, as part of a new learning village.
Teaching staff and parents of Pyrgo Priory Primary, in Settle Road, Harold Hill, are fighting against an updated planning application proposing to build Quarles College and a car park on the school’s field.
Parent Helen Skip, of Sedgefield Crescent, Harold Hill, said: “I went to Pyrgo Priory when I was little and loved all of the events they would hold on the field – the fact there’s so much greenery is partly why I wanted my children to go there.”
The plan to create the Harold Hill Learning Village – made up of Pyrgo Primary School, Dycorts Special Educational Needs School, Drapers’ Academy and Quarles College – was originally submitted in 2009.
There were plans for both Pyrgo primary and Drapers’ Academy to share the old King’s Wood site nearby but due to cuts in central government funding and Drapers’ proposal to build their own primary school, this meant Pyrgo Priory was no longer able to relocate.
Glenn Lucas, headteacher of the school, said: “This plan is ridiculous as it doesn’t include the fact we can’t even go anywhere else.
“I feel we have been cheated by the council and if we do lose our field, then it will be the children that suffer.”
Parents have launched a petition campaigning against building Quarles College next to the primary school which has already been signed by hundreds of residents.
Cllr Meg Davis, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “We remain committed to providing a learning village for local people, building on what we have already achieved with Drapers’ Academy.
“We would like Pyrgo Primary School to remain an important part of this and for it to continue to play an integral role the learning village.”
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