Gladstone School plans to open in Neasden

The school plans to locate within the green circle (Pic credit: Gladstone School)

The school plans to locate within the green circle (Pic credit: Gladstone School) - Credit: Archant

A free school in Brent which was forced to shelve plans to open last year after it failed to find a site has found a new location in Neasden.

Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips - Credit: Archant

Gladstone School is proposing to build on a site either 500m near Neasden Underground station or on nearby brownfield land.

Brownfield land would have been previously used for commercial or industrial use

It will open its doors to up to 120 year seven pupils in September gradually expanding 1,200 students by 2021.

Last week, the school launched a public consultation to allow residents to air their views about their plans to open in Neasden.

Paul Phillips, the school’s principal, says on their website: “Local interest in the project has been very strong and we would like to thank everyone for their support and backing which has been instrumental in helping us get to this stage.

“We want to ensure that Gladstone School benefits not only the pupils who will attend it but also the wider community.

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“Your input is valued and appreciated so please get involved and let us know your views.”

Last year the school had provisionally earmarked the grounds of the old William Gladstone School near Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill, as their potential base.

But the Brent Council owned site is Metropolitan Open Land has the same level of protection as a green belt site in terms of development and residents campaigned against the idea.

Last April, after failing to find an alternative location the school was forced to advise families to accept places elsewhere in time for the academic year last autumn.

The school secured funding from the Department of Education last year.

To take part in the consultation visit the school’s website.

Closing date is March 11.

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