New school on Whitchurch Playing Fields gets backing from government agency

New school on playing fields site gets backing from government agency

New school on playing fields site gets backing from government agency

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A new Hindu school to be built on playing fields has been given the go-ahead.

The Education Funding Agency has approved a bid by the Avanti House Trust to build a secondary school on Whitchurch Playing Fields.

The government agency has been carrying out a feasibility study of the site in Stanmore after the trust identified it at the end of last year.

Avanti House School moved to a temporary home in Stanmore last year.

Under the proposals the new school site would have a total of 1,260 pupils after it reached its full capacity.

Harrow Borough Council leader Councillor Susan Hall said: “There is a pressing need for more school places in Harrow so it is a major step forward for the Whitchurch site to be formally recognised as suitable for development.

“We have worked closely with the Avanti Schools Trust, who already have a strong and indeed unique track record in Harrow serving our significant Hindu community.

“Harrow is a majority Asian borough and I believe the arrival of a Hindu school will mean increased choice for parents.

"Ultimately, the council’s priority is to ensure every child growing up in Harrow has the chance to attend a good school, and the market should reflect the borough’s diversity.

”We will work with the developers to ensure that a new school here would be a facility for all the community to use.

"I will also be talking to sports clubs in the area to ensure that we find them the right solution to allow their members to keep training locally.”

Proposals for the fields have been controversial. In 2012 Harrow Council's then Labour administration gave its backing to the Whitchurch Consortium's plans to build a new sports complex on the site.

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2:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

rabbitz says...

So its official having lived here for generations my family are now a minority in their own country, Sold down the river by successive goverments.
So its official having lived here for generations my family are now a minority in their own country, Sold down the river by successive goverments. rabbitz
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1:01pm Tue 8 Apr 14

nareshmepani says...

Would have been plain sailing for permission if not for the words "Hindu" and "Asian", shame on you who objected. For these words have underlying meaning of trust, hard work, tolerance, inclusion....
Would have been plain sailing for permission if not for the words "Hindu" and "Asian", shame on you who objected. For these words have underlying meaning of trust, hard work, tolerance, inclusion.... nareshmepani
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11:23pm Tue 8 Apr 14

OKbyMe says...

rabbitz wrote:
So its official having lived here for generations my family are now a minority in their own country, Sold down the river by successive goverments.
You are an idiot. It does not say country, it says borough. The indigenous population of this country is still over 85%.
[quote][p][bold]rabbitz[/bold] wrote: So its official having lived here for generations my family are now a minority in their own country, Sold down the river by successive goverments.[/p][/quote]You are an idiot. It does not say country, it says borough. The indigenous population of this country is still over 85%. OKbyMe
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2:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

charrow says...

the council really have decided to build on this piece of parkland. in this day and age of trying to increase participation in sports etc, utterly outrageous! i hope voters remember this at the election
the council really have decided to build on this piece of parkland. in this day and age of trying to increase participation in sports etc, utterly outrageous! i hope voters remember this at the election charrow
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2:09pm Fri 11 Apr 14

diligaf says...

Not wanted and not needed Harrow is being over run with this kind of thing
Not wanted and not needed Harrow is being over run with this kind of thing diligaf
  • Score: 2

11:50am Thu 1 May 14

neomilan says...

as a local to this playing field, a harrow resident and an indian person
i would have ESPECIALLY liked to have a say on this
but obviously the council does not know the definition of a democratic society
i would have voted against such a school. its not needed, religion is a personal thing, not one which can be enforced upon children at any age by their parents
religion should be kept away from education, we should be encouraging a good solid education for everyone under 18 and religion has no place in achieving that
as a local to this playing field, a harrow resident and an indian person i would have ESPECIALLY liked to have a say on this but obviously the council does not know the definition of a democratic society i would have voted against such a school. its not needed, religion is a personal thing, not one which can be enforced upon children at any age by their parents religion should be kept away from education, we should be encouraging a good solid education for everyone under 18 and religion has no place in achieving that neomilan
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