Brent school’s �8m expansion

PROPOSALS for an �8 million re-build of a primary school have been submitted to the council.

PROPOSALS for an �8 million re-build of a primary school have been submitted to the council.

Islamia Primary School in Queen’s Park, has applied to construct a new two storey building on its existing site in Salusbury Road, and demolish the existing kitchen, canteen and outdoor buildings.

The children, aged between three and 11, will continue to be taught in the existing school buildings while the construction work is going on.

If the plans get the green light, they will move into the new accommodation in 2012.

Head teacher, Zahida Shaheem, said: “The vision for our new school is to continue developing as a thinking and learning community, one which motivates and aspires to transform lives by celebrating diversity within the community.

“The new school building will provide a safe environment, which will challenge the pupils’ learning, and a stimulating curriculum, which will be organised to meet the needs of the children in order for them to realise their full potential.”

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The announcement comes after months of fundraising by teachers and students, who have raised more than �20,000 towards the re-build since March.

Islamia Primary School, which was built more than 100 years ago, is no longer compliant with disability regulations and is in desperate need of renovation.

Councillors say they hope the planned expansion, which will create 40 new school places, will help ease the chronic shortage of primary school places in the area.

Cllr Mary Arnold, Brent Council children’s chief, said: “The new school building will inspire children’s learning and offer modern facilities out of school hours for community learning.

“There is much to be gained through these innovative proposals and I hope everyone will support the school as the project moves forward.”

The �8m project will create 14 new classrooms, a library, a roof pay area, prayer hall and dining room.

It is being funded by Brent Council, the school and the government.