‘Schools in’ at Hounslow as Britain’s largest primary school officially opens
Britain’s largest primary school, Hounslow Town Primary School in west London, has today been officially opened following a £20m redevelopment by Countryside.
The newly expanded five-form-entry primary school with capacity for 1,200 pupils provides contemporary sports and play facilities. It is part of a £52m regeneration scheme known as The Assembly that is also providing 284 new mixed-tenure homes on the 2.67 hectare site of which almost 50% are affordable.
The school was officially opened in a ceremony attended by Cllr Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Laura Khalil, Headteacher of Hounslow Town Primary School, and Mike Woolliscroft, Managing Director, Partnerships South (West), Countryside. The ceremony included a performance by the school choir, as well as tours of the school by the new school council and the unveiling of an official plaque by Cllr Bruce, which was donated by Countryside.
Construction of the school, overseen by Jerram Falkus, started in June 2017 along with the first phase of 50 new homes constructed by Countryside. With all homes sold in the first phase, the next phase of homes is launching on Saturday 29 June, with first completions expected in January 2020.
The Assembly, on the back of a £6.2million Housing Zone Funding Grant from Greater London Authority, is part of an exciting multi-million-pound investment programme dedicated to the revival of Hounslow’s town centre, which will include a new High Street Quarter, as well as public realm improvements and a target of 12,330 new homes to be delivered by 2030.
Mike Woolliscroft, Managing Director, Partnerships South (West), Countryside, said: “We are proud to be opening Hounslow Town Primary School, a key investment into the local community. With state-of-the-art new buildings, the facilities at the school are in a class of their own, and so we’re delighted to be providing the pupils with all the tools they need for a well-rounded education.
“At Countryside, our vision is to go beyond just building homes but to create sustainable communities and the new school will play a huge role in making The Assembly a great place for families to put down roots for years to come.”
Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services at Hounslow Council, commented: “I was delighted to be able to open Hounslow Town Primary school today and celebrate the culmination of many months of work by all parties involved in this development. One of this borough’s main priorities is to ensure there are high quality school places for all children and young people in Hounslow who need them. It is an important responsibility and a big part of our promise to provide them the best possible start in life with a superb education. I have seen first-hand today how much the staff and pupils are enjoying the new facilities which will be valued and enjoyed by this community, and this borough, for years to come.”
Laura Khalil, Headteacher of Hounslow Town Primary School, added: “The redevelopment of the school, which was prioritised by Countryside, has enabled us to add a further class per year group and provide students with vital new facilities, enriching our existing educational offering.”