Ark Academy granted 125-year lease of Copland Community School site in Wembley

Copland Community School in Wembley

Copland Community School in Wembley - Credit: Archant

The site of a secondary school in Wembley will be handed over to an academy after proposals were voted through by Brent Council.

Annabel Bates will become the new principal of Ark Elvin

Annabel Bates will become the new principal of Ark Elvin - Credit: Archant

Ark Academy has been granted a 125 year lease over the land where Copland Community School (CCS) in Cecil Avenue, currently stands.

The agreement will also pave the way for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Copland and neighbouring Elsley Primary School in Tokyngton Avenue.

Under the plans, Copland which will be renamed Ark Elvin in September, will undergo a complete facelift and expanded to provide a new form of entry.

Town hall bosses claim the proposed expansion of Elsley is critical to meeting an ever growing demand for primary school places.

Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council’s lead member for children and families, said: “These are exciting times for local families.

“This is the latest stage in our drive to make Copland a school we can all be proud of.”

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Jean Roberts from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ALT) executive and Brent National Union of Teachers (NUT) secretary, who has lobbied for Copland to remain council run, welcomes the expansion programme but maintains her opposition to Ark Academy’s takeover of the land.

The planned redevelopment of Copland should be completed by September 2016.