New £26m building for secondary school in Wembley
PUBLISHED: 15:02 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:09 29 October 2015
A state-of-the-art school building in Wembley is to be built with a new entrance along a tree-lined avenue.
Ark Elvin Academy in Cecil Avenue, is to be replaced with a new school which will have its entrance accessible from Wembley High Road.
The current building which dates from the 1950s and was formerly Copland Community School will be demolished.
The new building, which will cost £26million, will have a new library and purpose built dining hall opening onto a court yard.
As well as new classrooms, there will be a sixth form common room and study space for older pupils.
Pupils and community groups will benefit from a new all-weather pitch for sports like football, hockey and rugby.
There will be multi-use games areas for sports like basketball, netball and mini-tennis.
Khadija Zribi, a year 11 pupil, wrote to the Prime Minister David Cameron in 2013 asking for a new school building to be built.
Annabel Bates, principal of Ark Elvin Academy, said: “This is great news for our students who have wanted a new building for some time.
“With new leadership, a new uniform and improved teaching and behaviour, this new building marks the latest step in our journey towards becoming an outstanding school.” The new school will be completed in time for the academic year starting in September 2017.
Brent Council unanimously agreed the plans at a planning committee meeting on October 22 despite local opposition from residents who said they were not properly consulted.