Council Revises Plans To Reduce Land Sold At Elliott School
Retaining more land for the school's facilities
The changes mean that more of the site can be retained for educational use and important school features like its outdoor amphitheatre can be kept.
The updated proposals follow extensive consultation and discussions with bidders for the site.
Wandsworth's cabinet member for education Cllr Kathy Tracey said:
"We have the overwhelming support of the school's governors, headteacher and parents to now move ahead with providing Elliott's pupils with a bright, modern, first class school that's fit for the 21st Century."
From September, education charity ARK Schools will take over the running of the school and it will convert to an academy.
The new ARK Putney Academy will be a non-denominational, non-selective school open to all local children. Current headteacher Mark Phillips, who has already overseen significant improvements in teaching, learning and pupil achievement, will continue as its principal.
Picture left he said: "I am absolutely delighted that an agreement has now been reached which really does benefit our students. They will now gain from an amazing building being refurbished and still have ample outdoor space for sport and to socialise."
Approval for the proposed disposal of the land is being sought from the Department for Education.
Around £10m is being spent this year alone on providing additional school places this September and also in 2013, while new primary schools are planned in Putney and Tooting. A brand new free school, the Bolingbroke Academy will be admitting its first secondary age pupils this September.
For more information about the plans for the school, plus answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/arkputneyacademy.