A school threatened with closure could be handed a lifeline following a campaign by parents, staff and local councillors.

Brent Council’s cabinet will reassess the phased closure of Roe Green Strathcona School in Wembley at a meeting on Monday (October 14).

It initially agreed to shut the school due to a lack of demand for places and noted that pupils were receiving more than £2,000 in funding when compared with the rest of Brent.

The decision meant the school would no longer accept new pupils in September 2020 and would shut in July 2022.

This was despite heartfelt appeals from ward councillors and those associated with the school who reminded the council that the decision would affect many people’s lives.

However, the issue was subject to a council call-in earlier this month and its wellbeing and scrutiny committee advised cabinet to revisit the proposals.

It noted there could be realistic alternatives to closure, such as the introduction of additional provision at the school for children with special needs.

The council’s cabinet could stand by its initial position, but the meeting gives campaigners another opportunity to voice their concerns.

At the previous meeting in September, chairman of the school’s governors, Gloria Ahmadi, urged senior councillors to look beyond “number crunching”.

She accused the council of “poor planning”, given that the school was initially set-up at its request and, just five years later, closure is a genuine possibility.

And executive head teacher Nicole Lobo said the council disregarded responses to the consultation on the issue where “99.8 per cent disagreed with the plans”.

Brent Council leader Cllr Muhammed Butt said it was the local authority’s responsibility to “make difficult decisions”.

“It gives me no pleasure to look at this report, to look people in the eye and make these choices – but we cannot shy away from it,” he said.

He criticised cuts from central government – suggesting that these have forced the council’s hand – and assured staff and parents that the council would support them going forward.