AN UXBRIDGE primary school is in line for a complete rebuild, as part of the borough’s drive to meet rising demand for school places in the coming years.
Hillingdon Council is planning to demolish Hermitage Primary School in Belmont Road, Uxbridge, and build it again from scratch, along with a new multi-use games area.
Construction could start in spring 2013, should the project get the green light.
The existing buildings were built about 50 years ago, and are in poor condition. Classroom space has also become an issue, and the former caretaker’s house is now used as an additional class.
Jean Palmer, the council’s deputy chief executive and corporate director of planning, environment, education and communities said: “The proposal has been developed in full consultation with the school and parents. We’ve received positive feedback on the proposal, which will help provide the borough with the extra school spaces it currently needs.”
The rebuild will enable the school to add a extra form of entry and double its yearly intake, from 21 to 420 pupils. It will also be able to accommodate 60 more nursery children, and an extra 29 staff.
The plans have been on public view at the school since the summer, and parents have been consulted.
Headteacher Andrea Fricker said: “It is a really exciting opportunity for us.
“Staff, governors and parents have been involved in the development of the project right from the beginning, and now we are just waiting for planning permission.
“It is brilliant news for the school. Our old buildings went up in the 1960s and are way past their use by date. Hopefully, we will have a wonderful new building that will be fit for future use.”
A consultation on the proposals has started, and a decision will be announced by early December.
Fifteen junior and infant schools were expanded or provided with temporary classrooms in time for this school year, and a further 15 are being enlarged for next September, but Hermitage Primary is the only one so far that is being completely demolished and built anew.
The council is working towards providing an extra 34 and a half primary school classrooms across the borough by 2015.